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  •     Michigan State Police, Brighton Post
  •     Fowlerville Police Department
  •     Hamburg Police Department
  •     Pinckney Police Department
  •     The Livingston County Jail
  •     Unadilla Police Department
  •     Green Oak Township Police Department
  •     Brighton Police Department
  •     Howell Police Department
  •     Any Michigan State Police Post




To dispose of pills, capsules, tablets, etc:

  1. Bring pills in their original containers and a resealable plastic baggie to any Big Red Barrel location. (By law, all prescription medication needs to be in its original packaging at all times.)
  2. Remove pills from their original container and place them into the baggie.
  3. Seal the baggie and dispose of it into the barrel.

* If you do not have a baggie, please dump pills directly into the barrel.

    Congratulations! You’ve properly disposed of your medication!


To dispose of liquid medication:

  1. Prior to disposal, absorb the liquid medication with a paper towel.
  2. Place the soaked paper towel into a resealable plastic baggie. Make sure you have the empty bottle on-hand to ensure compliance with federal laws.
  3. Dispose of the resealable plastic bag into the Big Red Barrel. It is your responsibility to dispose of the empty bottle somewhere other than the Big Red Barrel.

  There is a “no questions asked” policy. This program is free and available for all people to use.

Note- Needles or syringes are not accepted. Go to your local pharmacy and purchase a sharps container. These typically cost $6.00. Put your sharps in the container and return them to: St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital Pharmacy; HIV Aids Resource Center (HARC); or Livingston County Solid Waste Management. For additional information about proper needle disposal, visit the Livingston County website