Over-the-counter medications and prescriptions can pollute our waters and be harmful to humans, fish, and other wildlife when disposed of improperly – please do not flush medications down the toilet or place in the trash.
The Dakota County Sheriff, Attorney, and Environmental Management Offices, along with their law enforcement partners, have teamed together to offer the public a place to safely and anonymously dispose of medications in disposal receptacles.
Take prescription and over-the-counter medications to select law enforcement drop-off locations in Dakota County to safely and anonymously dispose of them. Medicines from households are accepted in any form, including prescription, over-the-counter, and pet medications.
Disposal receptacles are at the following locations:
Burnsville Police Department
100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville
Farmington Police Department
Receptacle location in the lobby; open M-F from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
19500 Municipal Drive, Farmington
Hastings Sheriff’s Office
Drive-Up Location in Front of Law Enforcement Center
1580 Highway 55, Hastings
West St. Paul Police Department
1616 Humboldt Avenue, West St. Paul
If you have questions regarding disposal after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call the Dakota Communications Center at (952) or (651)322-2323.
The items below are NOT accepted
- Needles and sharps
- Fever thermometers
These items are accepted for free, environmentally safe disposal at:
The Recycling Zone
3365 Dodd Road, Eagan