Drop-Off Locations

Drop-Off Instructions

Who Can Participate?

The program is available to residents of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. (No businesses, clinics or institutional entities)

How To Participate

There are two ways for you participate in the free Safe Medicine Disposal program. Read below to learn how to use one of the Drop-off Locations (perfect for larger volumes of medicine) or for smaller volumes, you can use the mail-back Envelopes.

How to use a Drop-off Bin

  1. Locate a participating location in the list below
  2. Prepare your medicines for disposal using the instructions and tips below
  3. Bring your unwanted medicines to the Safe Medicine Disposal location, place them into the collection bin and you’re done!

Items Accepted At The Drop-Off Locations:

  • Controlled Substances,Schedule II - V
  • Prescription and over-the-counter -pills and capsules
  • Liquid medications, including ointments, lotions and creams (in sealed containers please!)
  • Veterinary medications
  • Vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies
  • Medical patches
  • Inhalers (empty)
  • Medical samples

Items Not Accepted At The Drop-Off Locations:

  • NO Needles/sharps/EPIPENS
  • NO Schedule I Controlled substances (examples: LSD, heroin)
  • NO Cannabis (medical or recreational)
  • NO Illegal drugs
  • NO IV bags
  • NO Bloody or infectious waste
  • NO Personal care products (body lotion, shampoo etc.)
  • NO Aerosol cans
  • NO Thermometers or medical devices
  • Any other waste or medication not listed under “Items Accepted”

Preparing Your Medication For Disposal

How to prepare your medications for disposal at a drop-off bin:

Pills & Capsules

  • Remove all pills and capsules from containers and pour into a re-sealable plastic baggie.
  • Recycle empty pill containers at home

 

 

Liquids, Ointments, Creams & Lotions

  • Black out personal information on label.
  • Leave liquid, lotion, ointment or cream in the original container.
  • Place container into a re-sealable plastic baggie and then into the medical waste collection bin.

Medication Patches & Sample Packets

  • Black out personal information on label.
  • Place blister packs containing pills or capsules directly into the collection bin.
  • Place patches directly into collection bin.

Drop-Off Locations

Click on the location name to view a map of that location. All locations accept household medications free of charge.

Cloverdale

Cotati

Fort Bragg

Guerneville

Healdsburg

 

Laytonville

  • Branscomb Pharmacy
    (Controlled substances are NOT accepted at this location)
    51 Branscomb Road
    707-984-8370

Petaluma

Rohnert Park

Santa Rosa

Sebastopol

Sonoma

Ukiah

Willits

 

Windsor


Other Locations:

Mendocino County Waste Management Authority

The Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority accepts unused medicine through their HazMobile Program in Mendocino and Lake Counties.

Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency accepts unused medicine at their household toxics facility and through their mobile collection programs.

How-To Guide

Click on the image below to see a step-by-step tutorial on how to properly dispose of your medications

Safe Medicine Disposal Program Drop-Off Location
Safe Medicine Disposal Location

Prefer to mail back your unused medications instead of dropping them off?
View Mail-Back Envelope Program