Responsibly Getting Rid of Expired Medications

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® TX License #0566780

Responsiby getting rid of expired medications is not difficult. Doing it correctly takes just a bit of planning but considering the benefit, it is worth the effort.


Three reasons to properly dispose of medications:

-throw in the trash and there is a good chance the chemicals get into the ground water acquifers

-throw in the toilet and and the chemicals are in the sewer and try as they might, I'm not confident everything that should be screened out is removed

-reduce chance for someone to ingest a drug that has lost its effectiveness



The San Antonio Water System, San Antonio Police Department, and City of San Antonio Solid Waste Management Department sponsor a free collection event three times a year. The next collection is January 26, 2019, 8am-1pm, and the Bulk Waste Collection Center, 2755 Rigsby Avenue. See the website for more information.

Comments (6)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Wayne - it's not as simple as it seems because some thought is(or should be) involved. 

Jan 25, 2019 10:15 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Definitely don't want medicines to get into the water supply. Thanks for the reminder to dispose of medications properly Wayne.

Jan 25, 2019 01:02 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Debe Maxwell, CRS Michael Jacobs I know I've been guilty of not properly disposing of meds. But now I see the error of my ways.

Jan 25, 2019 01:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne, I did try once and took it to the Pacific Division Police and let me tell you it was not a good experience... the box was full so I went inside and the Desk SGT was a lazy SOB instead of getting one of the guys who were playing with their personal phones to take care of the problem told me come back maybe next day or two it might be emptied....grrrrrrrrrr.....

Jan 25, 2019 11:40 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Wayne, excellent post, and reminder to take the expired drugs to proper disposal.

Jan 26, 2019 05:22 AM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Wayne,  Very important blog here.  I worry about the water supplies in our country.  I hear that Seattle's water supply contains lots of drugs.  Not good.

Mar 20, 2019 08:40 AM