Recycling for Charity: medicine, pill and vitamin bottles

This page lists charities and other organisations collecting empty plastic pill, vitamin and medicine bottles.

If any details are incorrect or you know of any other groups collecting them, please leave a comment below and I’ll update the listings.

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No one at the moment If you’re a charity or organisation that collects old medicine or pill bottles, please leave your details below.


295 Responses to “Recycling for Charity: medicine, pill and vitamin bottles”

  1. Genise says:

    Hi. I live in Fairfax, Virginia. Is there any places NEAR me where I can drop off empty and cleaned pill bottles?

  2. lee says:

    is there an email for deirdre at amvets? wanting to make sure this is still current before i go shipping my family’s hoard of empty pill bottles.

    • Anonymous says:

      I would like an email address or even better a phone number for Deirdre. I have a school that wants to collect medicine bottles to donate to empoverished countries but I’m not sending all the bottles if they are not accepting them.

      • says:

        I need an address to send RX bottles for the needy

      • Ann Lunceford says:

        If you find someone or an organization that still wants empty pill boxes please let me know


  3. Lydia says:

    Can we still recycle medicine/prescription bottles (with the labels removed!). Before I do that, I want to know if AMVETS (listed here)is still taking them. Thanks!

  4. Cindy M says:

    No, AMVETS Post 208 is NOT collecting pill bottles. I received an email from a Leon Proctor with MA AMVETS and he said NO.

  5. Rick says:

    The organization that was collecting pill bottles didn’t realize the power of the web…They ended up with truckloads of empty pill bottles…Many people are still saving them…If you want to get rid of them…Pill bottles are recyclable, You should put them in your recycle bin and not with regular trash. If your community doesn’t recycle, Find somewhere local that will take them.

  6. Fran says:

    Many local recycling programs do not accept 5-plastics. The 5 is in a triangular shape, usually on the bottom of the container. If your recycling program doesn’t accept 5′s, try the bin at Whole Foods. For pills, some veterinarians accept them but I have not met with success in this area. Don’t throw the 5′s away in the garbage – there are drop off sites available. Be kind to the earth. Repair, reuse, recycle. Thank you.

  7. Melissa says:

    I just received a message stating that this information IS still current. AMVET Ladies Auxiliary is still taking used medication bottles. I had previously contacted them and was told that they were no longer doing it, but I think it was a miscommunication since it’s just the Ladies Auxiliary doing it.

  8. GM says:

    Is there a place to drop off the bottles I am in Queen NY

  9. Jan Gardner says:

    I have prescription bottles that I would like to donate. Please tell me the address where they can be sent. Thank you.

  10. Nancy says:

    Are you still collecting pill bottles? I have a box of them from our senior center.


  11. Margaret Barbee says:

    The missionaries at my church, Johnston Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, have been collecting medicine bottles with the intent to donate. We will mail the bottles if you can provide an address. Please advise.

  12. Beverly says:

    I have a grocery bag of empty prescription bottles of various sizes that I would prefer to donate if possible. If there are any organizations out there that can use these, please let me know.
    Thank you!

  13. Kristin says:

    They are still collecting the prescription bottles and will continue to do so until further notice. They will be putting the information on the AMVET Facebook page.

  14. Vickie says:

    I do have many empty medicine bottles I am with the American Legion Auxiliary we have been collecting them for the 4 months where can I send them ? You can email me at vgimla@yahoo .com we are in Florence , S.C.

    • Anonymous says:

      The Malawi Project

      You mail them to Indianapolis, IN and they take them to Malawi in southeast Africa.

      Mail to:
      The Malawi Project
      3314 Van Tassel Dr.
      Indianapolis, IN 46240

      Hope this helps!

      • Paula says:

        The Malawi Project is NO LONGER ACCEPTING EMPTY PILL BOTTLES. They received over a million bottles and decided to stop asking for them.

      • Anonymous says:

        Malawi Project says they don’t want any more

      • Anonymous says:

        I just sent some there a few weeks ago and received a notification that they are not collecting them anymore.

      • Anonymous says:

        They are no longer accepting them!

  15. Norma walker says:

    Peel the labels off and send your pill bottles to an international outreach program, such as Matthew 25: Ministries or Samaritan’s Purse (the latter of whom are looking for everything from hospital gowns to lightly used defibrillators, in addition to medicine bottles).
    Contact an animal hospital or ASPCA near you to see if they could use some pill bottles stock for pet medicines. (And remind me to tell you that story sometime about my chinchilla’s morphine addiction.)
    Reach out to your local community health center or homeless shelter to find out if they’re accepting donations. Because as cool as it is to think of your used medicine bottles making a difference all the way across the world, you might have neighbors who could use the help as well.

  16. Thank you for all those folks that supported this project
    The Ladies Auxiliary longer support this project! But THANK YOU!

  17. Kelly Roberts says:

    Is there some place to drop off empty pill boat in Smithfield NC if so please let me know thank you Kelly t

  18. Shaila says:

    Our Junior Girl Scout troop started collecting Pill Bottles for Malawi Project and I just came to know that they will not be needing them!
    We are troop from North VA, where is the best place to drop off for AMVETS or other organizations that of use of empty pill bottles.
    Shaila G

  19. Mary Hurley says:

    we need pill bottles for a rund raiser

  20. Mary Hurley says:

    we need pill bottles for a fund raiser

    • We have been saving empty pill bottles to send to the Malawi Project and would like to send them to you. Could you provide us your address? Thank you very much.

    • lynn jensen says:

      Hi, Mary — what kind of fundraiser — I have a super amount of the all orange clean prescription bottles that I was going to drop of at our Whole Foods in St. Paul, MN — if your cause can use them, please tell me how many you need and where to send them — I’m guessing 200 – 300 bottles — Mrs. Lynn Jensen, North St. Paul, MN

      • Anonymous says:

        Hi I could definitely use empty medicene bottles. I make up fishing kits, sewing kits for operation Christmas child to be packed in shoeboxes. We also make tic tac toe games and put in boxes. If you still have them I would appreciate receiving them.

        I can send u my address if u still have them
        Thank you

    • RHONDA SCHULTZ says:

      I use many pills every month. When does your fund raiser end? I can send you pill bottles if you still need them. contact me at rajahraus@hotmail,com

    • Janet says:

      Email me address I will send bottles to you. Thank you. Janet

    • lynn jensen says:

      Hi, Mary — what kind of fundraiser? And where would you like the bottles mailed?

    • Anonymous says:

      Please send me an address I will so I can send you my empty prescription bottles.

    • Julie Ahrendt says:

      Do you still need pill bottles for your fundraiser. If so, please include your mailing address so I can send them. We had been collecting and mailing them in to the Malawi project and have some ready to go.
      Thank you, Julie

    • Cheri Rinkevich says:

      Do you still need pill bottles for your fund raiser? Please send me an email with mailing info. My brother’s church started saving them, but no one has followed up with what to do with them or where to send them, so I volunteered.

      Thank you,
      Cheri Rinkevich

  21. Squid Squid says:

    I just dropped off all my medicine bottles and #5 plastics at Whole Foods (bins are by the door, usually). It may not help a charity but it helps the environment. It’s an option…

    • lynn jensen says:

      What Whole Foods — I use the one in St. Paul, MN — Whole Foods, I believe, then sends them on to a recycling facility in Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (I think it’s Indiana) — Mrs. Lynn Jensen, North St. Paul, MN

  22. marilyn newsham says:

    I have a collection of prescription bottles and want to know if you can use them.

  23. Gail Dumblauskas says:

    I have a large box of prescription bottles I planned to send to the Malawi Project. I just learned they are not accepting them any more. Does anyone know where I can bring or send them? I live near Richmond, VA

  24. Michelle says:

    Typically pharmacies will take the bottles back. I’m not sure if they recycle them or sterilize and re-use, but it’s worth asking. In some municipal recycling programs the little bottles and lids are too small and can’t be baled up with the other plastics so just fall through and go to the garbage.

  25. Elaine T. says:

    My parents have both passed and I have so many empty pill bottles that can be reused. I understand that the Malawi Project no longer needs these. If you know of an organization that could use them I would need an address as to where to mail them. Thank you kindly!

  26. Karen Robinson says:

    I called and you can send your empty medicine bottles to:
    Matthew 25 Ministries
    11060 Kenwood Rd.
    Cincinnati, OH 45242

    • Cheri Rinkevich says:


      Is there a phone number or email address for the Matthew 25 Ministries? The person handling this project wants to check for herself before she mails them out. Please don’t take this personally, it’s just how she is.

      Thank you,
      Cheri Rinkevich

    • Nancy Roets says:

      would you send me info about this ministry and med bottles

    • Anonymous says:

      I just called Matthew 25 Ministries and they DO take pill bottles !!

  27. Not my info but found online… Bread of Healing Clinic
    The Bread of Healing Clinic ( began as a ministry of Cross Lutheran Church, established with the support of community partners (UW-Madison Medical School, Aurora Health Care, other local churches). It continues now as a separately incorporated organization, holding clinics at Cross Lutheran Church and Eastbrook Church. They provide:

    High-quality medical care for people with chronic illnesses, who are working but are without access to health insurance. The clinic dispenses only a few pills at a time so that patients come back to be monitored and then receive more medication.
    Education for patients and for volunteers to learn more about the treatment of chronic illnesses in patients who most often experience disparities in care.
    Opportunities to experience, request, and offer healing for all of us (patient, provider, volunteer).
    Health care for patients in between health insurance coverages.
    Empty prescription bottles (please completely remove the labels and the adhesive left on the bottles, and wash out the bottles so there’s no danger of mixing the residue of your medication with a new medication)

    • Anonymous says:

      I called and Bread of Healing Clinic does
      not need any bottles

    • Diana Perry says:

      Are you still collecting prescription bottles? I have a lot of them collected by 2 churches. I can send them out right away. My phone number is 989-316-2490

  28. Lisa D. says:

    I also had been saving pill bottles for the Malawi Project, which is no longer accepting them (they received over a million!). After some research, it turns out that the sorting machinery used by most municipal recycling programs can’t handle the bottles due to their size. I had the thought that maybe if the large chain pharmacies (CVS, RiteAid, Walgreen’s, etc) started receiving thousands of these bottles in the mail, it might encourage them to make recycling the bottles more of a priority. If the Malawi Project received a million bottles, consider the unbelievable amount of these bottles that end up in our landfills! Seems like there should be a reasonable solution available.

    • Rashanda M. says:

      Lisa D.

      I have been saving my bottles for a year now. I too asked the major retail pharmacies if they collected the bottles and sadly they don’t. I’d like to join you (if you’re interested) in starting some kind of campaign to encourage the major pharmacies to recycle. I agree that they should not end up in landfills. Please feel free to email me if you’re interested.

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  30. Kathleen Costa says:

    I know, you can turn them into mini first – aid necklaces. Like for cub scouts and girl scouts. Also, they can be used for cups when you are traveling

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  34. Debora Farnsworth says:

    I have hundreds of pill bottles. I am looking to donate to someone that can really make good use of them. Please advise. Thanks Debora Farnsworth

    • Nora says:

      Try giving them to local animal shelters. they can use them for medicine for sick animals that fo to foster homes

  35. Jill Svejkosky says:

    I was trying to respond and found that the Malawi Project has ended.
    Then I found this one:
    Please send pill bottles to-
    Matthew 25: Ministries
    11060 Kenwood Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45242

  36. Kathy Danby says:

    These containers can simply be used to hold small screws and nails once the original labels have been removed. Alternatively use them to make up a “home remedy” box – stain removers etc.

  37. M&M Battery Recycling says:

    I donate all of my family’s med bottles to the Social Welfare Clinic here in town. If you can’t find a place to take them, you can send them to me and I will drop them off at the clinic here where they are desperately needed. Thanks. 2314 Olive Street, Saint Joseph, MO 64507

    • Kim says:

      I have a box of pill bottles of all sizes that I was going to send to a ministry but they don’t need them. Can I send that box to you?

    • Anonymous says:

      I just wrote down the address to send the pill bottles and is there a name that I should put on the address label.
      Thank you
      Lion Debbie

      • lynn jensen says:

        I also have a box that I can ship down for your clinic in St. Joseph, MO — I will mail the box to 2314 Olive Street in St. Joseph, MO 64507– is there a name you would like me to put on the box for you before I ship it down — thanks — Mrs. Lynn Jensen, North St. Paul, MN

      • M&M Battery Recycling says:

        Name is Marc Salisbury

    • M&M Battery Recycling says:

      I recently recieved 2 boxes of med bottles, i have cleaned them and will be taking them in Monday. I thank you and the Clinic thanks you also. ( Specifically thanking those donors from Yuba City, CA and Merrick, NY) you know who you are.

  38. Madaline Perras Weber says:

    I belong to Tomball United Methodist church and we have been collecting and cleaning medicine bottles for Mawlay in Africe but they are no long taking them. Do you have and information to a location in the Tomball TX area? (North of Houston) Thank you

  39. Rick Schultz says:

    All pill bottles are recyclable. Look at bottom and you will see the triangle. The organizations that were collecting and the one that was sending them overseas found out that there is no place for them to store them over there…. The collection of these has stopped a long time ago…. Make sure you put them in your local recycle bins.

  40. M&M Battery Recycling says:

    For everyone asking about donating the pill bottles, please contact your local veterinary hospitals, if they don’t want them ,then start checking with your local free clinics or social welfare clinics that have in house pharmacies. Those types of places usually welcome donations due to the fact that it is expensive to purchase the pill bottles new, and they prefer to spend their budget on making sure they have the meds to give to their patients. If you live in a small town that doesn’t have those types of facilities try the larger cities near you. Or if thats too much trouble, you can send them to me and I will donate them to my local Social Welfare Clinic as they always need the containers for both the Welfare Clinic and the Homeless Outreach Clinic. If inclined my address is:

    Marc Salisbury
    2314 Olive
    St. Joseph, MO

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