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Safe Waste Disposal: Medicine

Overview

Don’t Rush to Flush

Get rid of old or unwanted medicine safely and protect the environment, prevent overdoses and errors, and help keep drugs away from kids and teens.

General information

Safe Medicine Disposal Sites

By taking your old medicines to one of the following confidential disposal sites, you’ll protect the environment, prevent overdoses and errors, and help keep drugs away from kids and teens.

How to Prepare Medicine for Disposal

  • Remove excess packaging like boxes and bottles.
  • Consolidate pills in ziplock bag or tied off bag.
  • Leave liquid medications in their original containers.

If you have sharps, please dispose of them at a designated sharps drop off location.

(650) 372-6200
General information

Safe Medicine Disposal Ordinance

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the San Mateo County Safe Medicine Disposal Ordinance that went into effect on May 28, 2015. Using an extended producer responsibility model, the ordinance requires medicine producers who manufacture prescription or over-the-counter medicines offered for sale in San Mateo County to design, develop and fund a medicine collection and disposal program for unwanted medicine from residential sources, while following certain guidelines established by the local ordinance.

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