Jackson County Health Department

Promoting Health, Preventing Illness, Protecting our Environment and Preparing for Emergencies

Where do I dispose of old medication, sharps containers, or old paint?

Click here for your options for medication and needle disposal. The following is a Drug and Needle Disposal Fact Sheet to learn more about safe handling and disposal options for households with old medications or used needles.

If you have unwanted paint,

  • Check with your friends and neighbors to see if they can use it.
  • If you are unable to find someone who can use your paint, small amounts of paint may be thrown away with household garbage if you allow the paint to solidify. Remove the lid from the can and let the paint dry. Mixing the paint with an absorbent, such as kitty litter, saw dust or shredded paper, will help soak up the paint and speed up drying time. Once the paint has hardened, throw it away. Leave the lid off the can to show your hauler the paint has been solidified. Make sure to always dry your paint in a well ventilated area, away from children, pets, and any ignition sources. Solvent based paints will dry more slowly than latex paints.
  • Most importantly, you should try to estimate the amount of a product you will need before purchasing. This practice will save you the expense of buying the product and the time needed to properly handle the unwanted portion.

 

 

 

 

 415 Health Department Road

Murphysboro, IL 62966

Monday - Friday 8AM - 4PM

 

 

 

 618-684-3143

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After Hours Emergencies 800-875-0162

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