To help citizens properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medicines, the City is holding a one-day-only drug take-back event. This collection event will take place at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue, on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unwanted prescription medicines will be collected from individual households only. Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices or any other institution or business. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Hirshberger at 503-675-3992 or Wendy Svaren at 503-534-5694.
All drugs will be collected by the Lake Oswego Police Department and taken to the Covanta Waste-to-Energy Facility in Brooks for safe disposal.
Acceptable items for collection are:
- Expired or unwanted prescription medicine (pharmaceutical controlled substances)
- Unknown tablets and capsules
- Veterinary medications
- No thermometers, sharps or medical waste or equipment will be collected. For information on how you can safely dispose of these items, call Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000.
- Ordinary hand lotions, deodorants, and products that can be safely disposed of in your regular garbage.
- Over the counter medicines and first aid ointments
- Supplements such as vitamins and protein powders
Please put all pill/tablet medications into a zip-seal bag. We do not want the plastic prescription containers. Empty plastic prescription bottles can’t be recycled curbside, however, they can be recycled at the Lake Oswego Recycling Center, 341 Foothills Road. If you bring in a liquid medication, please put the bottle in a sealable plastic bag.
For more disposal options, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/police/drug-medicine-disposal.