Medicine Drop-Off Sites

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, especially among teens, and accidental poisonings from medicines are on the rise.

Properly disposing of unwanted and expired medicines is important to prevent abuse or poisoning. It also helps protect the environment. Medicines flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can pollute bodies of water, harm wildlife and end up in drinking water supplies. North St. Paul City Hall has a drop box for residents to properly and safely dispose of unwanted, unused, and expired medicines. In 2018, 1,347 pounds of prescriptions drugs were dropped off at the medicine drop box at city hall. 
Empty needles and syringes, uncapped/unsealed needles and syringes (with and without medicine) are not accepted at City Hall. Residential needles, lancets and empty syringes are accepted at both mobile and year-round Ramsey County collection sites. Transport them in an empty laundry detergent bottle or other closed container with a screw on lid and label the container “needles”. You will be asked to place the container in the collection bin yourself. Uncapped or unsealed syringes with medicine are also
accepted. Capped or sealed syringes with medicine should be brought to a county medicine collection site.

Find information for medicine collection at: For information on needles and syringes may be found at

Non Acceptable Items
Needles and syringes (except full epi-pens) bring to the year-round household hazardous waste collection site at Bay West. 

Acceptable Items

Medicines from households are accepted in any form, including prescription and over-the-counter,  pet medicines, blister packs, liquids, capsules and pills, patches, creams and gels, powders, inhalers, sprays, IV bags and vials.

City Hall Disposable Site

Safely dispose of any unwanted or expired medicines at no cost at North St. Paul City Hall located at 2400 Margaret Street from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.  

Poster above drop-off box