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Safe Medicine Disposal

Safe Medicine Disposal

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Did You Know

Over 80% of waterways tested by the U.S. Geological Survey show traces of common medications such as acetaminophen, hormones, blood pressure medicine, Codeine, and antibiotics.

What Can I Do

  • Safely dispose of unused and unwanted medications at an Alameda County take back location.
  • Do not flush medication down the toilet or drain.
  • Ask for starter packs from your doctor when trying a new medicine.
  • Purchase drugs in small amounts, limiting expired medications. 
  • Consider medical treatments with low environmental impact.
  • Educate your family, friends, colleagues, and community about safe medicine disposal.
  • Commit to health and wellness strategies to reduce your reliance on medications.
Safe Medicine Disposal Container

Items Accepted

Items Not Accepted

  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medication ointments and lotions
  • Liquid medication in leak-proof containers     
  • Pet medications
  • Controlled substances (Valium, Codeine, Vicodin)
  • Vitamins and dietary supplements 
  • Needles and sharps
  • Aerosol cans and compressed gases
  • Personal care products
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Medications from businesses
  • Empty containers
*Disclaimer:  Program is for household use only.    

Proper Packaging

Medications should be packaged correctly before dropping off at one of the sites.  To properly package your medications:
  • Remove pills from the containers.
  • Keep liquid medicines in their leak-proof containers.    
  • Remove ointment tubes from boxes.
  • Remove all excess bags, cartons, and plastic wrap.
  • Consolidate all loose pills, liquid medicine bottles and ointment tubes into a sealed Ziploc bag.
Loose Pills in Plastic Bag      


         Consolidated Medication in Plastic Bag


Alameda County Take Back Locations

City of San Leandro Senior Center
13909 E. 14th St, San Leandro
(510) 577-7990


Alameda County Sheriff's Office*
15001 Foothill Blvd, San Leandro
(510) 667-7721

City of San Leandro Public Works
14200 Chapman Rd, San Leandro 
(510) 577-3440


Eden Medical Center
20103 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley
(510) 537-1234

Davis Street Clinic
3081 Teagarden St, San Leandro
(510) 347-4620


Ted's Drugs
27453 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
(510) 782-6494

Medical Arts Pharmacy
13847 E. 14th St, San Leandro
(510) 357-1881

*Accepts Controlled Substances

**Call for hours of operation**

For additional locations in the County of Alameda go to http://www.acseniors-medisposal.net/

Alameda County Medication Disposal Initiative

The Alameda County Medication Disposal Initiative was developed by the Eden Area Senior Alcohol & Other Drug Workgroup, which is a partnership with local pharmacies, health professionals, public and private organizations.  The Medication Disposal Initiative aims to reduce and prevent medication-related problems among the community through education, changing public policies and institutional practices.

City of San Leandro Wastewater Treatment Plant

  The City of San Leandro is committed to providing safe and convenient disposal for unwanted medicines.  The City collaborates in the county initiative in an effort to reduce stockpiling and access to these medications.  The program is funded by the City of San Leandro Wastewater Treatment Plant which is responsible for treating five million gallons of wastewater a day.  Wastewater agencies like the City of San Leandro Treatment Plant, are funding disposal programs to serve as convenient alternatives because wastewater treatment systems are not designed to filter out pharmaceutical waste.