Household Pharmaceutical & Infecious Waste Disposal

The following information is for private citizens only NOT home health care agencies. Home health care providers are required to dispose of medical waste according to the New Mexico Administrative Code.

Disposal of Pharmaceuticals

Only pill medications are acceptable for disposal which includes Doctor prescribed and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, and pet medications. Remove all medications from their original containers including pills in foil and place them in a sealable bag for disposal.

Unacceptable Medications for Disposal include:

  1. Liquids, injectable or syringes.
  2. Chemo or Medical Waste
  3. Inhalers or other personal care items
  4. Prescriptions on the Environmental Protection Agency's P or U List

If unsure about the medication, call the Metropolitan Forensic Science Center at (505) 823-4200.


Pill Medication Disposal Sites:

  1. The Metropolitan Forensic Science Center at 5350 2nd ST NW (behind the Gerald Cline Memorial Police Substation). Thursday Only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (505) 823-4200 to ensure staffing.
  2. APD Area Commands 8:00a.m.– 5:00pm; After Hours:call 242-COPS.
Foothills Area Command 12800 Lomas NE, 87112 (505) 332-5240
NE Area Command     8201 Ozona Rd. NE, 87109       (505) 823-4455
SE Area Command     800 Louisiana SE, 87108        (505) 256-2050
Valley Area Command          5408 2nd St. NW, 87107 (505) 761-8800

SW Area Command  

6404 Los Volcanes NW 87120    (505) 831-4705
NW Area Command    10401 Cibola Loop, NW 87114    (505) 768-4850

Infectious Waste Disposal

Infectious waste is medical equipment with blood or other body fluids and cannot be cleaned or reused.

The following information is for private homes that are NOT using a home health care agency. Home health care providers are required to dispose medical waste according to the New Mexico Administrative Code.

Proper disposal of household needles, lancets and other sharps by the Public:

  1. Put all household generated sharps: needles, lancets, and single razor blades into a rigid plastic container such as an empty laundry detergent or bleach bottle.
  2. Label container with "Danger Sharps Inside"
  3. Do NOT use glass or coffee cans
  4. Clearly label the container "Contains Sharps" with a waterproof marker.
  5. Immediately put used syringes or lancets into the container.
  6. Screw on the top after each use.
  7. Don't clip, bend or recap the needles because you could injure yourself.
  8. Keep the container away from children!
  9. Add a few tablespoons of household bleach for added safety.(optional)
  10. Seal it with heavy-duty tape when the container is full.
  11. Take to a drop-off collection site or put with regular trash. 


Public Needle Collection Sites in Albuquerque:

Stanford PHO                             1111Stanford NE                  

(505) 841-4100

Northwest Valley PHO                7704 2nd St. NW                              

(505) 897-5700

Southwest Valley PHO                2001 N. Centro Familiar SW

(505) 873-7478

New Mexico AIDS Services    625 Truman St. NE                 

(505) 938-7100


Bio-Waste Disposal Companies:


Stericycle 1920 1st St. NW, Albuq., NM 87102                (505) 247-9454
Logical Family Solutions    7120 Bloodstone Rd NE, Albuq., N.M. 87113     (505) 821-9969
Aftermath                   (888) 330-0495
MedPro Waste Disposal, LLC  (888) 599-5122     


Rio Rancho:

WM of NM                             

402 Industrial Park Loop NE

(505) 892-1200


Santa Fe:

NM Sonographics                    431 Saint Michaels Dr # A   (505) 984-0222