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Safe Waste Disposal: Medicine


Don’t Rush to Flush

San Mateo County now has over 50 medicine disposal locations available for residents to dispose of medicine safely. By taking your unwanted or expired medicine to one of the convenient kiosks listed below, you are protecting the environment, preventing overdoses and errors, and helping keep drugs away from kids and teens.

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.