Medical SHARPS Disposal Program
Note: The next scheduled date is Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10am to Noon.
The Prescription Drug and Sharps Disposal Program is held every third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until Noon. The drop-off location is located at the Main Police Department Entrance, located at 1 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, Illinois.
If there is a winter advisory on the day of the Medication/Sharps collection, the drop-off will be canceled and will NOT be rescheduled. Do not leave items at the Police Department as no one will be available to accept the medications or sharps.
If you need more sharps containers due to missing a collection, sharps containers are available in the Community Development office in Village Hall or at the Wheeling Main Fire Station at 499 S. Milwaukee Avenue.
For more information, contact Serena at 847-499-9048.
What Can I Drop Off?
Wheeling residents can drop off unwanted medications and used sharps (needles and syringes). We except prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original containers. You must leave the label on the container. You may scratch out any personal information if you choose. no liquid over-the-counter medications will be accepted. We do not accept controlled substances such as Oxycontin and Percocet. Click here to find a Walgreen's location that may accept controlled substances. Note: not all Walgreen's locations will accept controlled substances.
Visit the Solid Waste Agency Website to get a complete list of controlled medications.
Sharps must be in a designated Sharps container or a rigid container, such as a detergent bottle or coffee can. Do not use milk containers or water bottles, as needles can puncture through these types of containers. Make sure the lids are sealed tight.
We will not accept sharps that are not in a rigid container. We will not accept sharps in cardboard or card stock boxes.
New sharps containers are available through the Community Development Department Health Division, located at 2 Community Boulevard. You can also get a new container when you drop off your full sharps container.
Other Materials Accepted
At the same time as the medication drop off, the following will be accepted for recycling:
- Household batteries: AA, AAA, C, D, 9V. Tape ends of rechargeable batteries.
- Eye glasses, including all frames and sunglasses.
Fire Station Drop-Off Container
A new secure drop-off collection container has been placed in the main lobby of Wheeling Fire Station 24 at 499 South Milwaukee Avenue. This collection container is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The collection container requires all sharps to be contained in a one-quart sharps box; no loose sharps are permitted. Boxes are also available, free of charge, immediately adjacent to the sharps collection container. This program is a joint project of the Village of Wheeling and Waste Management Corporation. If you have questions regarding the Fire Station sharps drop-off program, please call 847-459-2662.