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Prescription Drug Disposal Program

Coral Gables Prescription Drug Disposal Program 

Green secured medication disposal box with a Coral Gables Police logo on the front.


In 2016, the City of Coral Gables was the first municipality in Miami-Dade County to partner with Covanta Dade Renewable Energy to keep prescription drugs off the street and dispose them in an environmentally safe manner.

The drop-off bin is located in the lobby of the new Coral Gables Police and Fire Headquarters located at 2151 Salzedo Street.  Individuals can drop off their expired or unwanted prescription drugs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The pharmaceuticals collected will be incinerated for safe destruction.

When flushed down the drain or disposed of in landfills, medications can enter the waterways and contaminate surface waters, having an adverse effect on the drinking water and the environment. In addition, unused medications in the household contribute to growing rates of accidental exposure or intentional misuse among Americans, particularly teenagers.

Among the disposable items that can be collected:

  • Prescription medicines, 
  • Prescription patches, 
  • Ointments, 
  • Over-the counter medication
  • Vitamins 
  • Medicine samples. 

 Items not allowed are: 

  • Thermometers 
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Needles
  • Medications from businesses or clinics
  • Aerosol cans 
  • Non-prescription ointments, lotions or liquids.


To date, the City has collected and safely destroyed over 1,280 pounds of prescription drugs.

For more information, please contact the Coral Gables Police Department Community Affairs Unit at 305-460-5403.