Pharmeceutical DisposalDo Not Flush Prescription Drugs Down the Toilet.  Prescription and over the counter medications should not be flushed down the toilet, poured down a sink or placed in the trash. Instead, take prescription and over-the-counter medication to select law enforcement drop-off locations in Dakota County (listed below) to safely and anonymously dispose of them.

Medication Drop-Off Stations

Residents can drop off expired or unwanted medicine for free at:
Locations open 24-hours, seven days a week:

  • Lakeville Police Station (9237 183rd St W)
  • Hasting Sheriff's Office (1580 Hwy 55)
  • Mendota Heights Police Station (1101 Victoria Curve)
  • West St. Paul Police Station (1616 Humboldt Ave)

Locations open Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm:

  • Eagan Police Station (3830 Pilot Knob Rd)
  • Lakeville Police Station (9237 183rd St W)
  • Inver Grove Heights Police Station (8150 Barbara Ave)
  • Farmington Police Station (19500 Municipal Dr)
  • Rosemount Police Station (2875 145th St W)

Pharmacies open for drop-off

  • Allina Health Pharmacy (14655 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley)
  • Apple Valley Walgreens (15250 Cedar Ave S, Apple Valley)
  • Inver Grove Heights Walgreens (5825 Cahill Ave, Inver Grove Heights)

Medicines accepted:

Household medications are accepted in any form including prescription, over-the counter and pet medicines. Examples include:

  • blister packs
  • capsules
  • pills
  • creams
  • gels
  • vials
  • inhalers
  • IV bags
  • liquids
  • patches
  • powders
  • sprays
  • tablets

Not accepted:

  • NO needles, syringes or fever thermometers. Bring these items to The Recycling Zone in Eagan for free, environmentally-safe disposal.
  • NO medicines from businesses, including health care facilities, long-term care facilities, pharmacies, doctor’s offices or veterinary clinics. 

Preparation guidelines:

  • Drop off is safe and anonymous. No ID is required and no questions will be asked.
  • Keep medicines in their original container and place them in a sealed, clear plastic bag (pills can remain in their blister packs).
  • Use a marker to cross out any names on medicine containers.
  • Place medicine that is no longer in its original container in a clear plastic bag and write the name of the medicine on the bag.

For more information and FAQs, visit the Dakota County Sheriff's Office Prescription Drug Drop-Off page.

Why are unused prescription and over-the-counter medications a concern?

The problem is two-fold:

1) Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals and over the counter drugs are present in our nation's waterbodies and certain drugs may cause ecological harm. Outdated or unusable drugs that are disposed of by flushing or pouring down a sink, enter the environment because wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove them;

2) Storing unused or outdated prescriptions creates an opportunity for illicit use.  Use the Dakota County Sheriff's Drop-Off program to dispose of medications safely.

Contact Us

City Education Department
13713 Frontier Court
Burnsville, MN 55337-3817
Phone: 952-895-4559

Dakota Valley Recycling

DVR is the partnership recycling department for the Cities of Apple Valley, BurnsvilleEagan and Lakeville that connects residents and businesses to recycling, composting and waste disposal information.

DVR is not a drop off facility and does not accept any materials for recycling.