Residents are reminded of the ability to utilize the free medicine collection program drop boxes available for properly disposing of unwanted or unused medications. Medications may be dropped off anonymously Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office Lobby at the Blue Earth County Justice Center located at 401 Carver Road, Mankato, or 24-hours a day, seven days a week at the Mankato Public Safety Center at 710 S. Front Street, Mankato.
Accepted items include; prescription medications, over-the counter medications, narcotics and other controlled substances, medication samples, pet medications, vitamins and supplements, liquid medication in glass or leak-proof containers (please put in an additional plastic bag), medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers and street drugs.
Non-accepted items include; mercury thermometers, sharps, IV bags, infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide and business medicines.
The Medicine Collection Program allows convenient, proper disposal of medications to help protect drinking water and prevent abuse or misuse of leftover medications. In 2014, a total of 3,567.5 pounds of medications were collected between the two drop box locations and through evidence collection.
Xcel Energy is an important partner that incinerates items securely brought by law enforcement to its Wilmarth Plant.
For more information about the Medicine Collection Program visit www.blueearthcountymn.gov or call (507) 304-4440.