Keep Cobb Beautiful and the Cobb County Police Department are hosting a Medication Take Back Day.  This is an opportunity for residents of Cobb to safely dispose of outdated or unused over the counter and prescription medications. Staff and law enforcement personnel will be on location to collect medications and properly dispose of them in compliance with Federal law.

Medication Disposal Days lead to the collection of thousands of pounds of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies each year. Residents from throughout the county participate in the events.

“We were really pleased with the response we received,” KCB Public Programs Coordinator Gwen Baldwin said.

Instead of forcing residents to make an ill-advised choice between throwing these drugs in the trash or flushing them into the community water system, this program allows people a safe way to dispose of these potentially hazardous substances.

The program has the additional benefit of removing the potential for these drugs to be stolen or used illegally. A survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that such abuse has increased, with 20 percent of teens saying they have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription.

“We hope Keep Cobb Beautiful is giving more options for people to be able to make more responsible choices in recycling and proper waste disposal,” Baldwin said.

The common disposal methods of prescription drugs and other medical supplies are considered a potential hazard to the community’s water supply – particularly its ecology, she said.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

10 am to 2 pm

Address 1:
Precinct One, 2380 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw

Address 2:
C. Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 South Hurt Rd, NW, Smyrna

Address 3:
Tim D. Lee Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

For more information, please call call Keep Cobb Beautiful at (770) 528-1135 or email

Note: Nothing will be accepted at this address or by any Cobb County staff person before or after the scheduled drop-off day.

Accepted Items:

  • Prescription Medications
  • Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Liquid Medication
  • Pill Medication
  • Pet Medication
  • Creams
  • Ointments
  • Patches
  • Vials

There are NO limits on quantity.

Items Not Accepted:

  • Aerosol cans*
  • EpiPen
  • Needles and sharps
  • Bio-hazardous materials (anything containing body fluid or blood)
  • Household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas, etc.)*
  • Personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.)*
  • Blister packs
  • Illegal drugs
  • Durable medical equipment (CPAP, nebulizers, etc.)

*These items can be disposed of at the Annual Household Hazardous Waste Event.

Need to know how to dispose of needles/sharps in Cobb county?  Email Keep Cobb Beautiful at:

See also:

Community Recycling Event

KCB Annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Event



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