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Pharmaceutical Disposal

If you’re like most people, you have accumulated quite a collection of prescription and over-the-counter medications—many of which are no longer needed or have expired. Disposing of unwanted medications properly will help to protect your family, your community, and your environment. 

  • Many children are victims of accidental poisonings due to medications in the home.
  • More teens abuse prescription and over-the-counter drugs than any illicit drug except marijuana.
  • Recent studies have found traces of medications in water samples from 30 states. Research has linked pharmaceutical pollutants to reproductive defects in fish, and environmental exposure to antibiotics to the development of drug-resistant germs.
  • You can add asthma inhalers into the pharmaceutical collection bin!

 
Dispose of medications in a pharmaceutical collection bin at one of these locations:

  • City of Walnut Creek, City Hall Lobby, 1666 North Main Street, Walnut Creek
  • Contra Costa County, Sheriff’s Field Operations Bldg, 1980 Muir Road, Martinez
  • Contra Costa County Hospital, 2500 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez
  • City of Clayton, Police Department, 6000 Heritage Trail, Clayton
  • City of Martinez, Police Department, 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez
  • Town of Moraga, Police Department, 329 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga
  • City of Orinda, Police Department, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda
  • Town of Danville, Police Department, 510 La Gonda Drive, Danville
  • City of Pleasant Hill, Police Department, 330 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill
  • City of San Ramon, Police Department, 2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon
  • City of Concord, Police Department, 1350 Galindo Street, Concord
  • City of Lafayette, Police Department, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., #130, Lafayette
  • Alamo, Sheriff’s Substation,150 Alamo Plaza, Suite C, Alamo

 

IMPORTANT Drop-off Instructions
 
To ensure privacy, take medications out of their original containers and put them in a sealable plastic bag.
 
Please leave liquids in their original container and mark out personal information, and then place the bottle into a sealable plastic bag and deposit into the green drop box at one of the locations listed above.
 
Do not, under any circumstances, put anything other that medications into the green container.

  • No medical sharps
  • No batteries
  • No household hazardous waste
  • No controlled substances