Medical Waste

Pills can be dropped off in their original containers or dumped all together in a bag.

Pills / liquid medication / needles & sharps / patches

Pills & Liquid Medications

  • Berrien County Sheriff's Department: 919 Port St., St. Joseph. Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Permanent medical waste drop box inside lobby. Liquid medications must have a tight fitting cap to prevent spillage.

Pills Only

  • Baroda/Lake Township Public Safety: 3169 W. Shawnee Rd., Bridgman. Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ask at front desk about disposal of other types of residential medical waste.
  • Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township Police Department: 4411 E. Snow Rd., Berrien Springs. Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Bridgman Police Department: 9765 Maple St., Bridgman. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Buchanan City Police Department: 720 E. Front St, Buchanan. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pill drop-box in lobby
  • Chikaming Township Police Department: 13535 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Pill drop box in lobby.
  • Coloma Charter Township Police Department: 4919 Paw Paw Lake Rd., Coloma. Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pill drop-box in lobby.
  • Health Care Provider: check with your health care provider for other available collection options.
  • Lakeland Community Hospital Pharmacy - Niles: 31 N. St. Joseph St., Niles. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5:30p.m.
  • Lakeland Community Hospital Pharmacy - St. Joseph:1234 Napier Ave., St. Joseph. Open 24 hours per day.
  • Lakeland Pharmacy Shoppe: 3900 Hollywood Rd., St. Joseph. Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • New Buffalo City Police Department: 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4p.m. Pill drop box inside lobby.
  • Niles Law Enforcement Complex: 1600 Silverbrook Ave., Niles. Open 24 hours per day. Pill drop box inside lobby.
  • Walgreens: 1260 Hilltop Rd., St. Joseph; and 907 S. 11th St., Niles. Open 24 hours a day.
  • Watervliet City Police Department: Pill drop-box in lobby.
  • The Drug Enforcement Agency periodically partners with local law enforcement agencies for pill drop-off collections.

Home medical waste is not regulated under the Michigan Medical Waste Management Act, therefore common sense and caution should guide individuals in the safe disposal of home medical waste. Do not flush medical waste. Needles or sharps, old prescription medicine, etc. can be disposed of properly using the various methods listed.

Needles & Sharps

  • Berrien County Household Chemical Collection Events: sharps/needles must be in a puncture proof container. Please label the container with the word "Sharps" or "Needles." This collection program is free to Berrien County residents. 
  • Health Care Provider: check with your health care provider to find out if they are able to accepted used needles/syringes from their patients.
  • Republic Services Sharps Mail-In Disposal Program: 855-737-7871, Mail-in sharps disposal program.  
  • Stericycle Sharps Container Mail Back Program: 847-943-6817. Mail-in sharps disposal program.  

Pill Bottle Collection

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baroda is collecting empty pill bottles for the Malawi Project. They are asking residents to collect their empty pill bottles, remove the labels, and drop the bottles (with lid attached) in the collection box near the main entrance at the Church. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to Noon and Sunday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. If removing the labels is troublesome, the Youth Group can assist with label removal before the bottles are shipped to the Malawi Project. Do not drop off medications. This project collects empty pill bottles only. Learn more on the Malawi Project website or call the Church at 269-422-1449.