Medicine Disposal

Medicine Disposal Program:  


Recent research by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows trace amounts of medicines in many of the Country’s waterways.  Much of this is due to the disposal of unused medicines into the sanitary sewer system which eventually leads to our waterways such as streams, creeks, rivers, reservoirs, bays and beyond.

 

One thing you can do to help is to properly dispose of your unused perescription medicines, over the counter medicines and vitamins.  In San Mateo County, you can dispose of this waste at law enforcement agencies listed below.

 


Don't Flush Your Old Medications!

Disposal Procedures:

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


Medicine Disposal Flyer in English and Spanish
(see 2nd page for Spanish)

 

 

Find confidential drop-off containers at Police Departments in:

 

Police Department

Address
Phone Number
North County  
Brisbane
 
50 Park Place
 
415-467-1212
 
South San Francisco
 
33 Arroyo Drive, Suite. C
 
650-877-8900
 
Daly City
 
333 - 90th Street
 
650-991-8142
 
San Bruno
 
1177 Huntington Avenue
 
650-616-7100
 
Millbrae
 
581 Magnolia
 
650-259-2300
 
Burlingame
 
1111 Trousdale Drive
 
650-777-4100
 
Hillsborough
 
1600 Floribunda Avenue
 
650-375-7400
 
South County  
San Mateo
 
200 Franklin Parkway
 
650-522-7710
 
Belmont
 
1 Twin Pines Lane
 
650-595-7400
 
San Carlos
 

600 Elm Street
 

333 Shoreway Road*
 

650-802-4277
 

650-802-3500
 

Redwood City
 
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, 400 County Center
 
650-599-1664
 
Coastside  
Half Moon Bay
 
537 Kelly Street
 
650-726-8288
 
Moss Beach
 
North Coast Sub-Station;
500 California Ave
 
650-573-2801
 
Pacifica
 
2075 Coast Hwy
 
650-738-7310
 


Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos accepts old/unused non-controlled medicines. NOTE: This location only accepts over the counter medications and some prescriptions that include but are not limited to ibuprofen, cough medicine, vitamins and allergy medications. The medicine can come in liquid or pill form, or pill punch packs.

                                               

Medicine Disposal Program Bin: