Can you recycle pill bottles? How to dispose of prescriptions

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Can I recycle cooking oil bottles?

While motor oil containers are not recyclable, cooking oil containers are. Clean your container thoroughly before attempting to recycle it. Check with local restaurants and waste authorities for locations where you can recycle excess cooking oil. Finally, take your container to a recycling center or arrange for pickup.

What you can and cant recycle?

Yes, those milk and orange juice cartons in your fridge can go in your recycling bin too! Actually, all cartons are recyclable.

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How to recycle inhalers 

Inhalers are surprisingly difficult to dispose of. They can be dangerous to throw away because their pressurized component runs the risk of exploding in an incinerator. However, recycling can also be tough because they contain a variety of materials that are hard to separate by hand.  

Walgreens currently accepts inhalers through their take-back program, but CVS does not. However, pharmacies’ program rules change frequently, so it may be wise to call ahead and see if your location is accepting inhalers at the moment.   

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Drop-Off Recycling

Unfortunately, many community recycling programs only recycle plastics one and two — polyethylene terephthalate and high-density polyethylene. Search out nearby solid waste districts that do recycle polypropylene and drop off your waste once you’ve accumulated a bin full. Inquire at your pharmacy if they will accept the bottles back for reuse or recycling. Additionally, you may be able to drop off your number-five plastics at “Gimme Five” locations for recycling. The organization’s website lists locations.

Unfortunately, many community recycling programs only recycle plastics one and two — polyethylene terephthalate and high-density polyethylene. Additionally, you may be able to drop off your number-five plastics at “Gimme Five” locations for recycling.

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How to Recycle Pill Bottles

Although curbside recyclers won’t accept your pill bottles when they’re mixed in with your other recyclables, there are recycling facilities that recycle pill bottles specifically. 

Similar to paper shreds that also can’t be sorted out because of their size, pill bottles can instead be taken to a local recycling center that accepts #5 plastics to be exclusively disposed. 

Find Local Facilities to Recycle Pill Bottles Today

Medical Waste Pros partners with countless local pill bottle recycling centers who can help you to dispose of your prescription pill bottles on an environmentally-friendly note.

For free quotes from local pill bottle recycling services in your area, fill out the form to your right or give us a call at (888) 755-6370.

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