Mail-Back Program 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. You can use one of the Drop-off Locations (perfect for larger volumes of medicine) or for smaller volumes, read below on how to use the mail-back Envelopes
How To Use The Mail-Back Envelopes
- Locate a participating location to pick up a free mail-back envelope
- Fill the envelope with up to 8oz of pharmaceutical waste
- Seal the envelope
- Take the sealed envelope to any United States Postal Service office or U.S. Postal Service drop-box. The envelopes are tracked and safely disposed of at a Drug Enforcement Agency registered facility.
Items Accepted in the Mail-Back Envelopes
- Controlled Substances (Schedule II –V)
- Prescription Medications
- Medications for Pets
- Medication Samples
- Over-the-Counter Medications
- Liquids/Lotions (No more than four (4) ounces per envelope)
Items NOT accepted in the Mail-Back Envelopes
- NO Needles/Sharps/Epipens
- NO Schedule I Controlled Substances (examples: LSD, heroin, cannabis)
- NO Cannabis (medical or recreational)
- NO Illegal drugs
- IV Bags
- Bloody or Infectious Wastes
- NO personal care products
- NO Inhalers or Aerosol Cans
Preparing Your Medication For Disposal
How to Prepare Your Medications For Disposal Using the Mail-Back Envelopes
Do NOT overfill
Each envelope should contain no more than eight (8) ounces in total. Of the 8 ounces no more than 4 oz. of liquid (sealed separately) may be placed in each envelope.
Tablets, Pills & Capsules
Tablets, pills and other solid medications can be placed directly into the envelope or left in their original containers. If left in the original container, black out personal information as an extra precaution.
Medication Patches & Sample Packets
Blister packs containing pills or capsules can be placed directly into the Mail-Back envelope. Black out personal information as an extra precaution.
Medicine patches may be placed directly into Mail-Back envelope. Black out personal information as an extra precaution.
Liquids, Ointments, Creams, Lotions
- Liquids must be wrapped in a paper towel or other absorbent material and placed in a sealed plastic bag before being placed inside the envelope. No more than four (4) ounces of liquids can be included in each envelope.
- Carefully seal the envelope by using the Orange “Keep Safe” tape on the envelope.
- Take the sealed envelope to a United States Post office or United States Postal Service drop box, or simply hand it to your U.S. postal carrier.
- Do NOT take the filled envelope to your pharmacy, police station, hospital or distributing location
Mail-Back Program Locations
Click on the location name to view a map of that location. All locations provide mail-back envelopes free of charge.
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.