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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

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204

Prescription Drug Turn In and Document Shred Event

 In Response to COVID-19 and Staffing from our Partners the Free Drug Turn In and Document Shred Event is Paused Until Further Notice.


See what alternate options are provided in the City of Portland for proper prescription medication disposal.


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.  

 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.




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



Turn-in options

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

EPA collecting and safely disposing of unwanted medicines.

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