Medicine & Prescription Drugs

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Hazardous Waste

We collect unwanted, unused medications (as well as needles and sharps) at several local sites. It’s important to keep medicine out of our groundwater, streams and oceans. Never pour medications down any drain, and do not flush down the toilet because our treatment system can’t process these chemicals effectively. Never throw them in the trash or recycling.                                                                        For drop-off sites in Santa Cruz, visit www.med-project.org  

Note: These disposal instructions also apply to pet medications.

Resource Recovery Facility – Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off
605 Dimeo Lane, Santa Cruz 95060 | (831) 420-6270
Saturdays Only 7:30am – 3:30pm
Accepts medicines and sharps

 

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Don’t Flush Down the Toilet

Drugs dissolve when they are flushed down the toilet and can contaminate drinking water sources.

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Always Scratch Out Personal Information

To protect your identity and privacy, scratch out any identifying information before disposing of empty or filled containers. Any empty bottles can be thrown in the trash.

Disposing of Drugs at Home

If you end up disposing of drugs at home, follow this four-step in-home disposal method.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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Give to a DEA-Authorized Collector

Some pharmacies and law enforcement offices are registered with the DEA as authorized drug collectors; you can drop-off unused or unwanted drugs at these locations. Find a DEA-authorized disposal location.

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Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program

Select Walgreens locations now have kiosks for safe medication disposal. Find a kiosk here.

Did You Know?

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications - English Video

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications - Spanish Video