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(9,078 posts)
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 12:50 PM Jan 2024

Need some advice

Lots of very smart folks here. I need to know how to recycle med prescription bottles. I have never gotten a sensible answer. It seems really stupid to fill land fills with them and not have pharmacies reuse them.
They really start pilling up on us older peeps.

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(6,854 posts)
2. I refuse them and save my plant seeds in them. Also make great small amt reusable for travel, like lotion or
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 12:52 PM
Jan 2024

Stuff I have a big bottle of and can’t take. Screws or picture hanging nails…


(9,078 posts)
6. I do use many
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 12:59 PM
Jan 2024

When they were glass I gave a few used for slide Guitar. But I must have over a 100 from last 20 years. After dealing with my dads estate after passing last year, I am looking to get rid of lots of STUFF to not burden my daughter when I leave.
Here damn bottle could be a start. I can’t bring myself to just dumpster them to end up in the earth.



(4,741 posts)
17. Some of us go through more bottles
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 02:39 PM
Jan 2024

Than we could ever repurpose. I don't have that many loose buttons or screws or etc. Besides, I use empty spice jars for those things, since they're crystal clear. Pprescription bottles tend to be too saturated in color to see much of what's in them.

I just put the empty med bottles into the recycling bin. That's what it's for.


(11,462 posts)
3. I burn my name off the bottle
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 12:54 PM
Jan 2024

and put them in the recyclables. Not all States recycle. I have filled them with paint to touch up rooms later. Most of them hold liquid.


(9,078 posts)
7. Good idea
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 01:01 PM
Jan 2024

One reason they have accumulated is scraping off info stickers is a pain. I would never leave info on them.



(4,741 posts)
18. Eh, the King-Size Sharpie does the job.
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 02:45 PM
Jan 2024

It will obliterate anything, with a lot less effort than burning off the name.


(46,665 posts)
8. I took 40+ prescription bottles to my local police.
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 01:02 PM
Jan 2024

They discard the meds and the bottles.

Pharmaceuticals are dangerous when potent and given without a prescription to a third party and also lose their strength after a period time, making them ineffective.

Take to the Police.


(9,078 posts)
9. Good idea.
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 01:07 PM
Jan 2024

I think I have seen that somewhere in my county posted somewhere. Thanks. Lots of them still have unused meds in them.


(9,289 posts)
10. I think that our CVS here has a dropbox right by the pharmacy counter,
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 01:09 PM
Jan 2024

…where you can deposit unneeded, expired, etc meds and containers.


(7,672 posts)
11. This
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 01:12 PM
Jan 2024

Even empty prescription bottles can be used to camouflage illicit drugs. Let the pharmacies deal with them safely.


(1,842 posts)
12. Just a suggestion
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 01:12 PM
Jan 2024

I use one a year for old sewing machine needles.
Seeds for my garden. Share with other gardeners

Just a reminder.
If recycling or giving away bottles to others to use, cross of your name and meds with permanent marker.
That is info you might not want to share with friends and strangers!


(64,017 posts)
13. good question, it made me call my pharmacist and ask if his pharmacy recycles them. He said no.
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 01:18 PM
Jan 2024

Hmm. I'm in the bluest city in the bluest state, New Haven, CT. I will look this up according to our local laws concerning recycling.


(10,344 posts)
15. Our local Rite-Aid (what's left of Rite-Aid) has a drop box.
Sat Jan 13, 2024, 01:34 PM
Jan 2024

They don’t look over your shoulder to see if the bottle is empty.

Now, if you’re like me and collect #3 and smaller machine screws, great.

Little Altoid boxes are better for storing small parts, because they lie flat.

As for sewing needles, get one of those plastic boxes with a magnetic pad inside.

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