Medication Take Back Program

The York County Solid Waste Authority (Authority) has purchased secure medication take-back boxes for 10 York County Police Departments.  Ten police departments now have their boxes installed and are accepting medications.  The public may deposit unwanted medications anonymously in the take-back boxes during lobby hours as listed below, except on holidays.

  • Carroll Township Police Department, 555 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg, PA.  Open Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30P
  • Fairview Township Police Department, 145 Limekiln Road, Suite 600, New Cumberland, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM
  • Northern York County Regional Police Department, 1445 East Canal Road, Dover, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM
  • Penn Township Police Department, 20 Wayne Avenue, Hanover, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM
  • Southern Regional Police Department, 47 E. High Street, New Freedom, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM
  • Southwestern Regional Police Department, 6115 Thoman Drive, Spring Grove, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM
  • Spring Garden Township Police Department, 340 Tri Hill Road in Spring Garden Township. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM
  • Springettsbury Township Police Department, 1501 Mount Zion Road, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM
  • West York Borough Police Department, 1700 West Philadelphia Street, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4:30P
  • York Area Police Department, 33 Oak Street, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

This partnership program provides a secure disposal option for unwanted medications from residential sources at no cost to the public.  The secure medication take-back box, purchased from MedReturn, works like a mailbox: once medications are deposited, they cannot be retrieved and are contained in a locked compartment accessible only by law enforcement.

The heavy-duty green metal box bolts to the floor and wall.  Medication collected in the take-back box program will be delivered by law enforcement to the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility for safe destruction.  Law enforcement also maintains the box and secures medications that are received until they can be destroyed.

The Authority’s waste-to-energy facility is equipped with state of the art combustion technology and air emission controls making it York County’s best waste management tool for destruction of unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medication.

Residents interested in dropping medication at a take-back box location should remove their personal information from containers before depositing them in boxes.  ONLY RESIDENTIAL prescription or over-the-counter medications are accepted.  Pharmacies, hospitals and other commercial sources of medications are not eligible to participate.  Syringes and other “sharps” are not accepted in this program.

For more information about the program, visit the Authority’s web site at: www.ycswa.com.