Pharmaceuticals Drug Burn

Pope/Douglas operates a pharmaceutical drug destruction program for law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, and drug manufacturers.

Pope/Douglas, in partnership with local police and sheriff agencies, also offers secure bin drop off locations for household-generated drugs to safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications.

The information below is for law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, and drug manufacturers only.

Managing Various Wastes: Law Enforcement Agencies

Set Up A New Account

  • Contact Pope/Douglas to set up an account.
  • Include the following in your email:
    • Enforcement or government agency or business name, department name, contact person, email, cell and/or office phone.
    • Complete billing address.
  •  Await for approval from Pope/Douglas.

Schedule a Drop off for existing accounts

  • Contact Pope/Douglas to schedule a drop off.
  • Include the following in your email:
    • Enforcement or government agency or business name.
    • Indicate drop off date and timeslot (8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00)
    • Specify if the items to be dropped will be Household Pharmaceuticals, Plant-Based Drugs, Confiscated Drugs or Confidential Destruction.
    • Indicate if you prefer to be invoiced for services or pay on day of delivery.
  • Drug Burns ONLY Accepted Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 8:00-11:30 and 1:00-4:00.
  • Delivery of items is accepted at the Pope/Douglas commercial truck scale. 2004 Nokomis Street in Alexandria.
  • Await for approval from Pope/Douglas prior to delivery.

Disposal Preparation and Transport

  • Delivery of drug/items must be done in manageable sized boxed (like filing boxes).
  • No loose or bagged up drugs/items accepted.
  • No steel or fiber drums accepted.
  • Prefer taped boxes and/or use of a box liner to prevent leakage of contents.
  • 50 lb per box maximum weight. (Limit boxes to 16″x16″x20″)
  • Box size/type used for transport and unloading
    • QuestarUSA Labpacker 20 (and smaller) boxes are acceptable.
    • Paper ream paper size boxes and similar type also acceptable.
  • Failure to follow the guidelines and protocols established will result in additional disposal costs and/or rejection of materials received for disposal. Any unacceptable materials received for disposal shall be returned to the party delivering materials.

Drug Burns ONLY Accepted Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Program Prices

Household Pharmaceuticals

Tip Fee: $150.00 flat fee (per transaction, NOT per collection site) + $.50 / lb tip fee (based on actual weight of all filled boxes) + 17% State Tax (based on 17% State of MN Solid Waste Management Tax)

  • Only federal agencies are exempt from paying the State Solid Waste Management Tax.
  • Invoices are sent out monthly for payment. 
  • Payment is also accepted on day of delivery.
  • Payment Options: Check, Credit Card (3.5% processing fee will be added), ACH electronic payment.

NO Charge for Local Law Enforcement items generated in Pope/Douglas Counties.