Pill Bottle Disposal
Pill bottles are a common household waste item that is often disposed of incorrectly. Despite their frequent use, the translucent orange containers are unable to be recycled by most recycling systems. Their size and the material they are made of, polypropylene (#5 plastic), makes them tricky to handle. Most curbside recycling programs will not accept these plastic bottles, making it likely that they will end up in landfills, even when you believe you are disposing of them responsibly.
Though your local recycler may not accept empty pill bottles, there are other ways to safely dispose of pill bottles. Ship 'N' Shred partners with pill bottle recycling centers that specifically handle prescription bottles, #5 plastic, and small items. The program includes a thorough heating and washing process to remove drug residue, secure shredding, and responsible recycling.
Pill bottle recycling could prevent more than 4 billion prescription bottles from entering landfills this year. It is important to do your part to protect our environment and reduce plastic waste. Use Ship 'N' Shred to guarantee proper disposal of your empty bottles and environmentally-friendly recycling.
Why Ship 'N' Shred?
Ship 'N' Shred is a shredding service that protects private information from being misused, leading to crimes like identity theft and fraud. Pill bottles display personal health information (PHI) that contains sensitive details including your name, address, and Rx number. Thieves can gain access to and steal your medical records using this information.
Tossing pill bottles into the garbage not only creates a security risk, but is also a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation. HIPAA requires anyone who provides treatment, payment, and operations in healthcare to abide by their privacy regulations. These entities must take pill bottle disposal seriously to protect PHI and avoid fines.
Ship 'N' Shred provides a secure and easy method to recycle your empty pill bottles and destroy your private information. Our shredding experts comply with HIPAA and all other privacy laws to keep you safe. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding security or compliance.
Costs and Benefits
Pill bottle disposal is convenient and affordable with Ship 'N' Shred. Fill a box with your empty bottles and FedEx will pick it up, right from your doorstep. Pricing will be determined by the size and weight of your box. You can track your box throughout the entire process on our tracking page.
It is estimated that polypropylene can take anywhere from 20 to 30 years to degrade and breakdown. It is a versatile and resistant material that can be recycled and reused. However, polypropylene recycling occurs at a less than 1% rate for post-consumer recovery.
Improper disposal causes environmental concerns because the additives within the plastic can contaminate the earth and have dangerous consequences for surrounding Biosystems. Recycling your pill bottles prevents unnecessary plastic from entering our landfills and causing damage to the environment.
Dispose of Pill Bottles with Ship 'N' Shred Today
Ship 'N' Shred protects your private information and makes it easy to recycle items that cannot be included in your local collection. Your empty pill bottles will be safely disposed of and properly recycled with our useful service. Start the process today!