Medical Waste Disposal

Proper disposal of medical waste keeps it out of the hands of drug abusers, and keeps our water supply from being contaminated by medicaitons.

Schedule II Narcotics

These are drugs with a high risk of abuse and addiction, and they must be brought to an approved disposal facility. The closest facilities to Lexingon are:

  • Lahey Clinic Pharmacy, 41 Mall Rd., Burlington
  • CVS, 242 Cambridge St, Burlington
  • CVS, 833 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington

Schedule II drugs include:

  • hydromorphone (Dilaudid®)
  • methadone (Dolophine®)
  • meperidine (Demerol®)
  • oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®)
  • fentanyl (Sublimaze®, Duragesic®)
  • morphine
  • opium
  • codeine
  • hydrocodone
  • amphetamine (Dexedrine®, Adderall®)
  • methamphetamine (Desoxyn®)
  • methylphenidate (Ritalin®).

Disposal Bins

There are 2 bins located by the back door of the Town Office Building, a blue one for medicines and a red one for sharps. Each bin is built like a large Post Office mailbox.

Sharps boxSharps Bin

  • For disposal of needles and syringes only.
  • Needles and syringes must be in a medical sharps container, or closed, heavy duty plastic container like a detergent bottle. Maximum container size is 2 quarts.
  • No loose needles or syringes
  • No glass containers
  • No paper or plasic bags

Medicines BoxMedication Bin

  • For disposal of non-narcotic medications, both prescription and non-prescription.
  • Liquids should be in their original, closed container. Remove any personal information on the container.
  • Pills should be placed in a closed container or zip lock bag.
  • No alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or other solutions.
  • No mercury or mercury-containing devices - take these to the Waste Shed at the Composting Facility, 60 Hartwell Ave.

Directions to Bins

To reach the bins, park in the circular driveway in front of Cary Memorial Building. Walk down the walkway between Cary and the Town Office Building, and down the steps. You will see the red and blue bins to your left, beside the Town Office Building entrance. 

Medical Waste Collection Days

The Lexington Board of Health and the Office of Public Health, in collaboration with the Lexington Department of Public Works, periodically offers a medical waste drop off service at no cost to residents.

Parking lot behind the Town Office Building,
1625 Massachusetts Ave.
Enter the parking lot by the Police Station and then drive behind Cary Memorial Building. Signs will be posted to help guide you on the day of the event.

What to Bring:

  • Sharps, needles, syringes - must be in puncture-proof, closed containers (such as red medical waste containers, detergent bottle, coffee cans or similar sturdy puncture proof containers) - the container will not be returned to you
  • Expired/unwanted medicine

What Not to Bring:

  • Personal Care Products such as over the counter toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos, soaps, Vaseline, muscle ache ointments, hand cream, shaving cream, and lotions
  • Medical Devices or unused medical supplies - these can sometimes be donated - see below

Donating Medical Devices or Unused Medical Supplies
Listed below are two nonprofit organizations which accept products such as: 

  • blood pressure kits
  • diabetes monitoring kits
  • unused lancets
  • unused bandages and related goods

American Medical Resource Foundation

The Town of Lexington does not endorse or recommend any specific organization.

For more information contact the Public Health Director at 781-698-4503.