Medication Take-Back Program

Increasing amounts of prescription drugs and personal care products (PPCPs) are being detected in U.S. rivers, waterways, and groundwater. Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to “filter out” these chemicals, so drugs like antidepressants, cholesterol reducers and antibiotics are being detected in drinking water supplies. The risk to humans and animals of long-term exposure to these contaminants in drinking water is unknown.

In addition, many children are the victims of accidental poisonings each year due to medications and personal care products in the home. In order to protect our children and the environment, we must ensure that medications and personal care products are properly handled, stored and disposed!

The Medication Take-Back Program allows residents of the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District service area to bring their old, unwanted prescription and over the counter medications in to be properly disposed for FREE! In compliance with the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), enforced by the Drug Enforcement Administration, this program CANNOT ACCEPT any controlled substances.

Acceptable ItemsUnacceptable Items
Non-Controlled DEA Drugs
Medication Samples
Prescription Medications
Over-the-counter Medications
Medicated Ointments/Lotions
Medications for Pets
Narcotics/DEA Controlled Drugs
IV Bags
Bloody or Infectious Waste
Empty Containers

Medication Collection Instructions:

1. Gather your unwanted medications. Please see the list above to find out which items can or cannot be returned.

2. To help keep costs of the program down, please consolidate pills in small bag or a single container. Remove outer box from items that come in a blister pack. Leave items in their original containers if they are ointments or liquids.

3. Remove or black out any personal information on the label to protect your privacy.

4. Take medications to the Fox Metro W.R.D. and drop the medications into the collection container in the entrance of the Administration building.

Collection Dates/Times:


Oswego Hometown Expo on Feb. 23, 2023

Aurora One-Day Community Cleanup at the Aurora Metra Station on April 15, 2023 from 8-11 a.m.

Aurora Greenfest on May 13, 2023 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

84th District Shred and Recycle Event at 1677 Montgomery Rd., Aurora. Saturday, July 22, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Fox Metro accepts medication:
Monday thru Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Main Lobby Dropbox
682 State Rt 31
Oswego, IL 60543


Other Locations to Drop Off Medications:

Most Walgreens, CVS, and Meijer stores take back unwanted medications for free. Also the Sugar Grove Police Station and most Naperville Fire Stations will reclaim unwanted medications.  Here is a handy lookup tool for free programs nearby:  Safe Pharmacy Website

Questions? Contact Pretreatment
Phone: 630-301-6855

Aurora, North Aurora, Boulder Hill, Montgomery, Oswego, Sugar Grove and portions of Yorkville and Batavia

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