For Immediate Release
September 27, 2012
Contact: Bonnie Hirshberger, Citizen Information Specialist
To help citizens properly dispose of unwanted or expired 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, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unwanted 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.
Acceptable items for collection are:
- Expired or unwanted prescription medicine
- Over the counter medicines
- 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.
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.
Labels do not need to be removed (since items will be sealed and burned).
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.
If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Hirshberger at 503-675-3992.