Mankato-City staff will be in front of the Public Safety Center, 710 S. Front St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 to assist anyone wanting to dispose of unwanted medications as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. For safety, this is provided as a curbside service and staff and participants are required to wear masks during drop-off.

Responsibly disposing of medications helps keep them out of landfills and the water system. Items collected are incinerated to have the least environmental impact.

Accepted items:

  • 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
  • medicated ointments and lotions
  • inhalers

Non-accepted items:

  • needles, syringes or other sharps
  • thermometers
  • IV bags
  • bloody or infectious waste
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • business waste

Additionally, the city of Mankato provides a self-serve, anonymous drug drop box disposal service year-round, 24-hours a day at Mankato’s Public Safety Center. Blue Earth County also has a drug drop box available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Blue Earth County Justice Center, 401 Carver Road.