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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Prescription Drug Turn In and Document Shred Event


Did you know that flushing unused medications down the toilet or drain can negatively impact fish and wildlife? Equally troubling, accidental exposure to medicine in the home is a major source of unintentional pediatric poisonings in the United States.

 FREE COMMUNITY EVENT to safely dispose of unwanted and expired prescription drugs. The event also provides free document shredding for sensitive documents.  

Saturday October 26th, 2019, 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

4735 E Burnside St.

Event Starts NO EARLIER than 10AM -- Ends at 2PM or when the trucks are filled to capacity

Prescription Drug Disposal

Document Shredding

Sunshine Division Donations

 Why participate?

  • Reduce the risk of misuse of prescription medications. 
  • Reduce the risk of identity theft. 
  • Protect our water system with proper disposal of prescription medications.

The Sunshine Division will also be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

This FREE community shred event, prescription medication disposal, is sponsored by the Portland Police Bureau's White-Collar Crimes Unit, Office of Community & Civic Life, Sunshine Division, Rivermark Community Credit Union, and the Better Business Bureau.

*See flyer with full details including a list of accepted items on p.2.


Did you miss the turn-in event? See what alternate options are provided in the City of Portland for proper prescription medication disposal.



Acceptable items for prescription medications disposal: Prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not accepted: Thermometers, Sharps, Syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens.

NO SHARPS! (To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or

Acceptable items for document shred event: Up to two grocery bags of documents.

Items not accepted: Cardboard or three ring binders


Prescription drug disposal contact: Jenni Pullen, 503-823-4257,

Document shred event contact: Sergeant Frazier, 503-823-0897,

Turn-in flyer with list of accepted items

Information on acceptable and non-acceptable items for the prescription drug turn-in event.

Turn-in numbers & details

See the full details of the prescription drug turn-in and document shred event, includes lists of acceptable and non-acceptable items.

Turn-in options

Not able to attend the prescription drug turn-in? These are some alternate options for turn-ins.

How to safely dispose of unused medications.

If you are unable to turn your medication in for safe disposal please do not flush it!