With so much information available on recycling, NSF International’s Sustainability team clarifies best practices and tips on how to get the most out of recycling!

How to Recycle – Step One

People often ask how to start recycling if there is no curb-side pickup by their waste management company. In some areas, a waste management company or municipality that doesn’t provide curbside pickup of recyclables may have a local drop-off station. There are also often other local organizations including health departments or waste management organizations that have recycling programs. For example, they may have county- or city-wide recycling days where you can drop off your recyclables.

Prescription Medicines and Pharmaceuticals

Health departments may sponsor pharmaceutical drop-off days to help you get rid of excess or expired drugs, ointments, test strips, supplements or vitamins.

Pharmaceutical products should never be flushed down the toilet, poured into the sink or disposed of in the trash. Some pharmacies will also take your unwanted products. To find out where to dispose of your unwanted pharmaceutical products, check out this U.S. government website drop off site near you.