Did you know that nearly 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two? That’s a whole lot of empty pill bottles when the medication is gone. While some of these bottles are recycled or reused, many of them end up in landfills.
One group is working to change that. Cincinnati-based Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization, accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles that are either sent to places where medical supplies are needed or are shredded and recycled. “Our pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment,” according to the website.
Pill Bottles to the Rescue
Many times, the pills people receive in developing countries are wrapped in paper scraps. They have no protection from moisture or the elements. And they certainly are not safely out of the reach of small children — you can’t really safety-proof a piece of paper. Those orange pill bottles we take for granted are gratefully received in many parts of the world.
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts the following:
- Prescription and over-the-counter pill bottles
- Large and small pill bottles
- Pill bottles with and without child-resistant caps
Make a Donation
So next time you find yourself taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication, save the bottle — don’t toss it! Before sending it off, remove the label. You can do this by submerging the bottle in a pot of boiling water if it doesn’t easily peel off. If there’s still a little sticky residue on the bottle, lemon essential oil will easily remove it.
Check out the guidelines for donating to make sure you’re providing the organization with something they can use.
When you’re ready to ship your bottle(s) off, address your package to:
Matthew 25: Ministries
11060 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
The Helping Hand Clinic is a nonprofit organization that serves people who do not have health insurance. They need empty pill bottles with caps to fill with their patients’ medication. You can send empty pill bottles to the following address to help them out. Editor’s note: As of October 31, 2022, this program has paused accepting donations.
The Helping Hand Clinic, Inc.
507 North Steele St. (Lower Level)
Sanford, NC 27330
If you have questions about your donation, you can give The Helping Hand Clinic a call at 919/776-4359.
There you go! Either one of these options makes a difference to people and keeps reusable plastic bottles out of our landfills.