Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Program

Pharmaceutical Drop BoxThe Brighton Police Department participates in the New York State Medication Drop Box Program. There is a secure drop box located in the lobby of the police department where individuals may dispose of unwanted medications during times the Records Division is open. This is normally Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

Medications should be left in their original containers. Do not dispose of any liquids, syringes, iodine, or any mercury containing devices into this drop box. Please bring liquid medications to the monthly in-person pharmaceutical waste collection program.

The Brighton Police Department offers a monthly program for the proper disposal of medications and other pharmaceutical wastes that have passed their expiration dates or are no longer needed or wanted. Due to the ever growing concern that pharmaceutical wastes are being discovered in US waterways and the increase in the misuse of pharmaceuticals, the Brighton Police Department has partnered with the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services to address these concerns. Collection events are for residential pharmaceuticals only. Pharmacies, medical offices, veterinarians, and other businesses may not participate in these collection events.

On collection days, residents will enter the handicapped accessible Brighton Police Department lobby and tell the employee at the Police window that they’ve come to dispose of pharmaceutical waste. An on duty officer will direct residents to place their pharmaceutical wastes into a plastic transport container. Once the material has been screened for any unacceptable materials, the officer will place the contents inside the secured area of the department and into the final disposal container.

Items which will be accepted for destruction at these events include:

1) Controlled substances
2) Non-controlled, non-hazardous substances
3) Over-the-counter medications and nutritional supplements
4) Hazardous waste pharmaceuticals
5) Inhalers

Do NOT bring any mercury/mercury containing devices or iodine. Residents who have mercury containing devices need to hold these materials until the next Monroe County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection day. For further details, check the Monroe County web site.

Please keep your medications in their original containers. You may cross off your name and personal information only. Please do NOT cover up or remove the name or the dosage of the medication. All medications and their containers will be incinerated under law enforcement supervision.

An on duty, full-time, armed law enforcement officer will be stationed with all pharmaceutical wastes throughout the collection, identification and transportation process. The collected pharmaceutical wastes will be removed at a later date for final witnessed destruction via incineration, with the assistance of the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services.

Collections take place at the Brighton Police Department, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14618. The collections will be on the 1st Friday of every month during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
So far, the Brighton Police Department has kept more than 30,000 pounds of pharmaceuticals out of the environment and out of the hands of those who would abuse them. Collected by the Brighton Police Department:
  • 2009:    640 pounds
  • 2010:    500 pounds
  • 2011: 1,413 pounds
  • 2012: 3,128 pounds
  • 2013: 4,279 pounds
  • 2014: 4,955 pounds
  • 2015: 5,212 pounds
  • 2016: 5,325 pounds
  • so far in 2017: 5,485 pounds
Total as of November 16, 2017: 30,937 pounds

Questions about pharmaceutical collection events at the Brighton Police Department should be directed to Investigator Tim Karch at (585) 784-5172 or via email. For information about collection events on other dates and in other locations, call (585) 753-7600, option 3, or visit the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services' website.