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Over-the-counter and prescription medications should not be disposed of down the drain. Wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceutical compounds and they may end up in your local waterways, and may eventually be found in drinking water. Properly disposing of unwanted and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications promotes a healthy aquatic environment and prevents accidental poisoning and intentional abuse.

The Somerset County Sheriff's Office and the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division invite county residents to take advantage of the Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off medicine-collection program. The program is held in conjunction with scheduled Somerset County Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Sheriff's officers are on hand to accept unwanted or outdated prescription and over-the-counter medications from residents for safe disposal.  

Scheduled drop-offs in 2021 are as follows:

   March 20 Bernards Township Public Works Garage    277 South Maple Ave.   Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

April 17 Warren Township Public Work Garage
1 Bardy Road Warren, NJ 07059

June 19 South County Public Works Garage

410 Roycefield Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Sept. 18 Branchburg Township Public Works Garage
34 Kenbury Road Branchburg, NJ 08876

Oct. 16 South County Public Works Garage
410 Roycefield Road Hillsborough, NJ 08844


The Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off program is sponsored by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Medications should be dropped off in their original packages or bottles. The name of the medication should be visible. Illegal drugs, liquid medications, needles and sharps should not be brought to the drop-off.

In Somerset County, needles and syringes of any kind can be dropped off at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, located at 110 Rehill Ave. in Somerville. NJ, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Call (908) 685-2200 for more information about the Safe Syringe Program. More information about the Safe Syringe Program is available through the NJ Hospital Association, 760 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ 08543 – 609-275-4000.

Residents unable to participate in the scheduled drop-off events can take advantage of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Medicine Collection Drop Box, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, no questions asked. The drop box is located on the lower level of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, near the entrance to the Sheriff’s Office.

For the convenience of residents, additional drop boxes are located at participating municipalities.
Following are municipal 24/7 medicine drop-box locations that are part of the program: Due to the pandemic, some drop boxes may not be available. Residents should call ahead.

Bernards Twp Police Department*
1 Collyer Lane Basking Ridge   (908) 766-1122 

Bound Brook Police Department Lobby
226 Hamilton Street Bound Brook   (732) 356-0800 

Branchburg Police Department
590 Old York Road at Route 202 North    Branchburg   (908) 526-3830 

Franklin Twp Police Department
495 DeMott Lane Somerset   (732) 873-5533 

Hillsborough Twp Police Department

379 South Branch Road
(Temporarily closed to the public)

Hillsborough   (908) 369-4323 
  North Plainfield Police Department
  263 Somerset Street  North Plainfield    (908) 769-2937 
  Warren Township Police Department    44 Mountain Boulevard   Warren    (908)753-1146 

    *  (Bernards - 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  After hours, use the phone in the station house)

For more information regarding medicine collection, contact Capt. Steve SanAntonio at (908) 231- 7168; Sheriff’s Officer Dave Daneker at (908) 231-7140, ext. 9; or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle and click on Home Medical Waste. Residents can receive notifications via text messages through Nixle by signing up at www.co.somerset.nj.us/about/emergency-alerts.

NOTE:  Under NO circumstances should needles be put in any type of container and placed out for recycling collections.  Needles and sharps should not be brought to First Saturday or Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events.


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