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.

The Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD) does not dispose of medications or infectious waste that has not originated from AFD stock during the course of patient care. Members of AFD will refrain from taking possession of medications and infectious waste from the public or private entities.

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

Medication Disposal 

Only Pill Medications are acceptable for disposal at MFSC or Albuquerque Police Department Area Commands including 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 for MFSC & APD:

  1. Liquids
  2. SHARPS: syringes, needles, BGL strips, lancets See page 3 for disposing locations
  3. Chemo or Medical Waste
  4. Inhalers or other personal care items

Prescriptions on the Environmental Protection Agency's P or U List If unsure about the medication, call the MFSC at (505) 823-4200. The above listed Unacceptable Medications (specifically SHARPS: syringes, needles, BGL strips, lancets) can be disposed of at a Public SHARPS Drop Off Location in Albuquerque and/or a Bio-Waste company  

Pill Medication Disposal Locations:

  1. The Metropolitan Forensic Science Center (MFSC) located at 5350 2nd ST NW (south of Montano Road on 2nd Street behind the Gerald Cline Memorial Police Substation).

          Phone: (505) 823-4200 - call to ensure staffing; Hours: Thursday Only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    2.  Albuquerque Police Department Area Commands

         0800 – 1700 hours; After Hours: (505) 242-COPS

          -APD Foothills Area Command, Jeffery Russell Memorial Substation, 12800 Lomas N.E., 87112, (505) 332-5240

         -APD Northeast Area Command, John Carrillo Memorial Substation, 8201 Osuna Rd. NE, 87109, (505) 823-4455

         -APD Southeast Area Command, Phil Chacon Memorial Substation, 800 Louisiana S.E., 87108, (505) 256-2050

        - APD Valley Area Command, Gerald Cline Memorial Substation, 5408 2nd St. NW, 87107, (505) 761-8800

         -APD Southwest Area Command, Shawn McWethy Memorial Substation, 6404 Los Volcanes Rd. NW

          87120, (505) 831-4705

         -APD Northwest Area Command, Michael King and Richard Smith Memorial Substation, 10401 Cibola Loop, NW

          87114, (505) 768-4850


Infectious Waste and SHARPS Disposal


Albuquerque Bio-Waste Disposal Companies (for Public and Private):

 1. Stericycle - 1920 1st St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505) 247-9454

 2. Advanced Chemical Transport - 6137 Edith Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 (505) 349-5220

 3. Logical Family Solutions - 7120 Bloodstone Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 (505) 821-9969

 4. Aftermath Inc - Serving the Albuquerque Area. (888) 330-0495

 5. MedPro Waste Disposal, LLC - Serving the Albuquerque Area. (888) 599-5122

 6. WM of NM - Rio Rancho Division - 402 Industrial Park Loop NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

 7. New Mexico Sonographics - 431 Saint Michaels Dr # A, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-0222


Public SHARPS Drop Off Locations in Albuquerque:

 1. Midtown Public Health Office – 2400 Wellesley Ave NE, 87107 – (505) 841-4100

    Open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 0800 to 1600 hours


2.  Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless – 1217 1st St NW, 87102 – (505) 766-5197

       M, T, Th, and F from 0800 to 1300 hours


3.  North Valley Public Health Office – 7704 2nd St. NW – (505) 897-5700

     Sharps container bin located outside of building that is open 24 hours a day


4.  South Valley Family Health Commons – 2001 N. Centro Familiar SW – (505) 873-7478

     Open Monday through Friday 0700 to 1700 hours


5.  New Mexico AIDS Services – 625 Truman St. NE, 87110 – (505) 938-7100

    Open Monday through Friday 0900 to 1700 hours


Proper SHARPS Disposal by the Public using a SHARPS Drop Off Location:

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.

 -Do NOT use glass or coffee cans

 -Clearly label the container "Contains Sharps" with a waterproof marker.

 -Immediately put used syringes or lancets into the container.

 -Screw on the top after each use.

 -Don't clip, bend or recap the needles because you could injure yourself.

 -Keep the container away from children!

 -Add a few tablespoons of household bleach for added safety.(optional)

 -Seal it with heavy-duty tape when the container is full.

 -Take to a drop-off collection site or see trash disposal steps below.


Additional Proper SHARPS Disposal by the Public through their Trash Service:

 -Put your homemade sharps container in a box.

- Clearly label the box as “Danger Sharps Inside.”

 -Put with regular household trash.