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Safe Medicine Disposal

Old medicine should never be put in the garbage or flushed down the drain. Check the information below to find a safe medicine disposal location near you.

Controlled Substances

Prescription controlled substances are drugs that have high potential for abuse and may lead to physical or psychological dependence. Due to legal restrictions the HHW facilities and many other drop off locations CANNOT ACCEPT CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. These can be taken to the Alameda County Sheriff's Eden Township Substation at 15001 Foothill Blvd, San Leandro (self-service drop box in lobby) MAP.

Controlled Substances Include:

  • Narcotic pain medications such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Codeine.
  • Sleeping pills such as Valium, Lunesta, and Ambien.
  • ADD/ADHS drugs such as Concerta, and Adderall.
  • Antidepressants such as Zoloft.
  • Cough syrups with Codeine.
 

For questions: 800-606-6606 or email the HHW program.


 

Non-Controlled Medicine

Special Packaging Instructions

  • Needles and other sharps – including prefilled syringes, EpiPens, and other ready to inject medications are accepted at the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facilities. These items must be packaged in approved sharps containers made with puncture and leak-resistant plastic. Find out more.
  • Pills should be poured out into Ziploc bags (it protects your privacy and lowers disposal costs). It's ok to mix all your pills in one bag. 
  • Liquids and creams: leave in their original container and secure caps/lids, black out any personally identifying information and place in a Ziploc bag.
 

Drop-off Locations for Non-Controlled Substances Only

Name Address City Phone Hours Notes
Alameda Police Department 1555 Oak St. Alameda 510-337-8340 M-F 9am-5pm Drop box inside.
Albany Senior Center 846 Masonic Avenue Albany 510-524-9122 M-F 9am-5pm Drop box inside.
Alta Bates Outpatient Pharmacy (Milvia)

2001 Dwight Way, #1380D

Berkeley 510-204-6550 M-F 10am-1pm & 3pm-5pm Drop box inside.
Berkeley Transfer Station 1201 2nd St. Berkeley 510-981-7270 M-Sat 8am-4:30pm Drive through to the scale house.
United Pharmacy 2929 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley 510-843-3201 M-F 9am-6pm Drop box inside.
Eden Medical Center 20103 Lake Chabot Rd. Castro Valley 510-537-1234 24 hours/day Drop box in front of ER department. 
El Cerrito Recycling & Environmental Resource Center 7501 Schmidt Ln. El Cerrito 510-215-4350 M-F 8am-5pm; Sat & Sun 9am-4:45pm Find staff in office to open drop box.
Emeryville Senior Center 4321 Salem St. Emeryville 510-596-3730 M-F 9am-5pm Drop box inside.
Fremont HHW Facility 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont 800-606-6606 Click for hours Check webpage for hours and info.
Washington Township Medical Group: Warm Springs Clinic 46690 Mohave Dr. Fremont 510-248-1065 M-F 8am-6pm Give to receptionist at front desk. Liquids and creams not accepted. 
Haller's Pharmacy & Medical Supply 37323 Fremont Blvd. Fremont 510-797-2772 M-F 9am-9pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm Drop box inside.
Washington Hospital 2000 Mowry Ave. Fremont 510-797-1111 24 hours/day Drop box. 
Washington Hospital Healthcare System: Community Health Resource Library 2500 Mowry Ave., #100 Fremont 510-494-7030 M-F 10am-6pm Liquids and creams not accepted. Drop box. 
Hayward HHW Facility 2091 West Winton Ave. Hayward 800-606-6606 Click for hours Check webpage for hours and info.
Ted's Drugs 27453 Hesperian Blvd. Hayward 510-782-6494 M-F 9:30am-6pm; Sat 9:30am-2pm Drop box inside.
Livermore HHW Facility 5584 La Ribera St. Livermore 800-606-6606 Click for hours Check webpage for hours and info.
Washington Township Medical Group: Newark Clinic 6236 Thornton Ave. Newark 510-248-1860 M-F 8am-6pm Give to receptionist at front desk. Liquids and creams not accepted. 
Haller's Pharmacy 6170 Thornton Ave. Newark 510-797-4333 M-F 9:30am-6pm Drop box inside. Liquids and creams not accepted. 
EBMUD Admin Building 375 11th St. Oakland 866-403-2683 M-F 8am-4:30pm Drop box inside.
Oakland HHW Facility 2100 East 7th St. Oakland 800-606-6606 Click for hours Check webpage for hours and info.
Oakland Fire Department 1401 98th Ave. Oakland 510-569-2568 24 hours/day Drop-off inside. Residents only, not companies.
Elihu Harris State Office Building 1515 Clay St. Oakland   M-F 9am-5pm Drop box.
Oakland Fire Department 1445 14th St. Oakland 510-444-6042 24 hours/day Drop-off inside. Residents only, not companies.
Alta Bates Outpatient Pharmacy (Peralta) 3300 Webster St., Ground Floor Oakland 510-869-8835 M-F 9am-5:30pm  
Custom Care Pharmacy 4271 First St. Pleasanton 925-846-4455 M-F 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-4pm Drop box inside.
Pleasanton Police Department 4833 Bernal Ave. Pleasanton 925-931-5100 24 hours/day Drop box in lobby.
Davis Street Family Resource Center 3081 Teagarden St. San Leandro 510-347-4620 M-Thu 8am-8pm; Fri 8am-6pm Drop box inside.
Medical Arts Pharmacy 13847 East 14th St. #103 San Leandro 510-357-1881 M-F 9am-5pm Drop box inside.
Washington Township Medical Group: Nakamura Clinic 33077 Alvarado Niles Rd. Union City 510-248-1500 M-F 8am-6pm Give to receptionist at front desk. Liquids and creams not accepted. 
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