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Safe Waste Disposal: Medicine


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

San Mateo County has new medicine disposal locations! These new sites will take most medicines in any dosage form including prescription, nonprescription, brand name and generic drugs at no cost to residents. Vitamins do not need to be put in the disposal bins and can be placed in the trash. The requirements of San Mateo County’s Safe Medicine Ordinance are operated by MED-Project, a producer-funded organization dedicated to responsible medicine disposal and implementation of the Ordinance.

(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.