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Recycling Prescription Bottles

Pharmacies are not allowed to reuse the bottles. Give them to the ASPCA, your vet or any free clinic in your area.

By Cisco's Mom from FL

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February 2, 2010

Does anyone know of missionary projects that are in need of used pill (medicine) bottles? Had heard that the Methodist Missionary project used them at one time. I would like to get a project started through my church if possible. If not, I have several to donate on my own.

By Marsha from Eskridge, KS

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September 29, 20111 found this helpful
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I get different sizes of prescription bottles and ask for the non child proof tops and when empty i use them to mix paints, divide kinds of buttons, small nails, small screws, seeds, dried herbs for teas (these I put in the door of the freezer) and all small objects I usually will misplace goes into a bottle and then placed in the room or place where I store the things that go with it. Even my router bits are kept safe in a large bottle or 2 because the South has lots of moisture and keeping it out is a chore in itself. Happy bottling and you can burn them too.

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April 23, 20181 found this helpful
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Churches that participate in Operation Christmas Child will sometimes use medium to large pill bottles to make gifts: I have used them for fishing kits; some crafters use them to make sewing kits, etc. Right now I'm trying to find the right size pill bottle to hold quarters so that we can give these out to members willing to fill them up and return them to the church to help us with the shipping of our OCC shoeboxes.

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November 9, 20181 found this helpful
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I have researched this and this is a church that I found that you can donate all of your empty pill bottles to. Please put them inside clear Ziploc bags and send them to this address below. Thank you and God bless you!!!
Matthew 25: Ministries
11060 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242

m25m.org/.../

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May 16, 2014

Does anyone recycle prescription bottles and how do you do it?

By Jim D

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May 18, 20141 found this helpful

I use these bottles for crafting supplies, sewing supplies, garden seeds (be sure dried out-will mold if not) and I have donated to our local veterinarian. Ask first though.

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May 20, 20141 found this helpful

They cannot be reused for human medicine, but vets can use them for animal prescriptions. My vet even gives me a discount off my bill for bringing the bottles in for them.
I also saw on this site once that a prescription bottle is the perfect size for $10 in quarters. I use this when I have to go to the laundromat to wash large bedding items.

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May 21, 20142 found this helpful

Are you referring to throwing them out or crafting/using them for another purpose? If you are referring to throwing them out then I would assume they go into recycling, use a black sharpie to cover all the information. and make sure they are empty, don't want strays eating them. If your referring to reusing them for something else you should be able to find some neat craft/uses online for them.

One idea I think is pretty neat is cleaning them well, making your own funny prescription label on the bottles and give them as gifts, you can put small items in it like M&M's etc :)

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July 14, 20141 found this helpful

In my area of Ohio there is a Humanitarian Organization that takes donations and disperses them to those in need in other countries as well as the USA. They accept prescription bottles of which can be used in other countries.

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December 12, 20150 found this helpful

Can you tell me where to send these bottles? We were sending them to a Malawi project but they have stop excepting them for right now because they have over a million bottles sent to them that they have to ship out over seas. They said it is going to take 4 trailers and $60,000 to ship them out. So we are looking to send them to anyone else that is taking them. Thanks Norma

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June 16, 20160 found this helpful

Most recycle centers only take #1 & #2...prescription bottles are #5

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October 1, 20161 found this helpful

For everyone asking about donating the pill bottles, please contact your local veterinary hospitals, if they dont want them ,then start checking with your local free clinics or social welfare clinics that have in house pharmacies. Those types of places usually welcome donations due to the fact that it is expensive to purchase the pill bottles new, and they prefer to spend their budget on making sure they have the meds to give to their patients. If you live in a small town that doesnt have those types of facilities try the larger cities near you. Or if thats too much trouble, you can send them to me and I will donate them to my local Social Welfare Clinic as they always need the containers for both the Welfare Clinic and the Homeless Outreach Clinic. If inclined my address is:

Marc Salisbury
2314 Olive
St. Joseph, MO
64507-1509

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September 27, 2011

Any thoughts on recycling pill bottles in the Buffalo, NY area?

By Sharon


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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

Only way safe to recycle pill bottles is call around, the city should tell you if a local hospital or clinic takes these.I use my pharmacy they take them Good for you, not throwing them out. Here we have a 211 number that tells us everything,I'm not sure what they have there. Worth looking into seeing if there is a number, it's the same one for housing, clinics, electric companies etc. If not call the local hospital, just know if they say "throw it away" they are lying, not wanting to be bothered, go on to the next one.Have a great day!

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

I just now hit the link that took me to 2/2/2010 and there are many great ideas if you would want to help a Missionary group, one is children with AIDS, it also said CVS now takes them. You may want to look. God bless, I hope I helped a little.

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September 28, 20110 found this helpful

I use them for a great deal of things like quarters for laundry/parking/sodas in the car, q-tips, hair pins, toothpicks, buttons, beads, and more.

However, if you are not a crafter or don't need them, donate them to the local assisted living center or day care center. They will find uses for them that we might not even think of...including meds.

Hope this helps.

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September 29, 20110 found this helpful

My mom recently gave me a bunch, and I put them to work in my sewing/crafts room. I put needles, bobbins, beads, plastic rings, wiggly eyes, etc. in mine. Was thinking about watching for an old spice rack at the thrift store to put them on.

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November 26, 2018

I am looking for an organization that takes medicine bottles and other containers.


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August 23, 2011

Where can I recycle medication bottles? I live near Palm Springs, California.

By Debbie


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August 24, 20110 found this helpful

I live in San Diego and had same problem but mine had some medication left in them.i called our local 211 who directed me to call a pharmacy.I called Walgreen's I was told to destroy all medication ,do not put in trash(people get in there) don't put in water supply either.You can turn bottles and meds not uses or just empty pill bottles to them.They dispose of meds the right way and recycle the bottles.Good luck, Luana McDonald make sure you take off labels and throw away before taking them in.You can also call the hospital and they have "toxic waste" for medication and I'm sure same as pharmacy.God bless!

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August 25, 20110 found this helpful

I use the old pill bottles for beads, sequins and other craft projects, they are great little containers and make my craft room a much neater place.

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August 25, 20110 found this helpful

Try contacting some of vet offices near your home. They can't be reused for people medicine, but vets can use them. My vet is very grateful for the bottles I bring them.

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July 8, 2014

Where in Toledo, Ohio can I recycle prescription bottles for missions?

By Carol M

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July 10, 20140 found this helpful

I don't know what you mean by 'missions', but I donate my bottles to our local veterinarian. They have to dispense meds for the animals and can use them - best call and ask beforehand though.

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Does anyone know if pharmacies will recycle your empty pill bottles? I take 9 medications every month, 6 of which come in the pharmacy bottles.

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Any place to recycle prescription bottles. I can't stand to put them in the trash and then to the landfill, but no one in our area will take them.

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