The Safe Medicine Disposal Program has been jointly operated by RRWA and local agencies since 2003. Residents of Sonoma and Mendocino County can dispose of their unused, expired, or otherwise unwanted medications free of charge at participating take-back locations. Protect your family and the environment by properly disposing of your unwanted medications. Learn more at SafeMedicineDispsoal.org.
Don’t flush your unused medications down the toilet or throw them in the trash! Recent studies show that pharmaceuticals in rivers and streams, if present at high enough concentrations, can harm aquatic wildlife. When flushed down the drain, some medications are not completely removed by wastewater treatment plants and are discharged to surface waters.
Ready to dispose of your unwanted medications?
Prescription and over-the-counter-pills and capsules
Liquid medications, including ointments, lotions & creams (in sealed containers)
Vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED:
Controlled substances: See the list of controlled substances. Contact your local law enforcement agency regarding the disposal of
Bloody or infectious waste
Personal care products (body lotion, shampoo etc.)
Epi-pens and other needles/sharps
Chemotherapy drugs (Ask your health care provider for disposal options.)
Any other waste or medication not listed under “Items Accepted”
Sonoma County Waste Management Agency is working to make it easier for residents to safely dispose of unwanted medication and needles. To do this in the best possible way, your input is needed. Please fill out this short 3-4 minute survey to let us know which disposal options would work best for you and to share your thoughts on this issue. Your answers are anonymous.
Who do you think should pay for the safe disposal of medication? What do you currently do with your unwanted medication?