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Prescription / Over-The-Counter Medicine Collection Program
The Wauwatosa Police Department recognizes the growing concern surrounding the proper disposal of unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

Proper, societally-safe and environmentally-safe disposal of these medications is imperative. In recognition of these standards, and to offer City of Wauwatosa residents a safe, secure solution to disposing of these medications, the Wauwatosa Police Department, in partnership with the Wauwatosa Health Department and Tosa United, installed a permanent medication collection container in the lobby.

Proper collection and disposal of unwanted medications from residents of the City of Wauwatosa 

The following guidelines must be met in order to accept medications.


  1. Medications will only be accepted from City of Wauwatosa residents.
  2. The person dropping off the medications must provide proper identification issued by the State of Wisconsin or Milwaukee County to verify their identity and residency.
  3. Citizens cannot bring prescriptions in for other people unless they are family members.
  4. Hours of collection are: Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm, at the Wauwatosa Police Station, 1700 N. 116 Street.
  5. Any of the following will be accepted:
  • prescription and over the counter medications
  • pills will need to be emptied from their orginal container into a Ziploc/sealable type bag       
  • liquid medications must be in the original container and sealed

   6. The following will NOT be accepted:

  • biohazard material
  • needles/sharps
  • personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, etc.)
  • household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, or gas)

   7. If a person turns in illegal narcotics such as marijuana, this policy does not 
      apply and a routine investigation will be conducted into the possession of an
      illegal narcotic.

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