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 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”

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

Preparing Your Medication For Disposal

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

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.

Pills & Capsules

  • Remove all pills and capsules from containers and pour into a re-sealable plastic baggie.

  • Recycle empty pill containers at home

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.






Other Locations:


The Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority accepts unused medicine through their Household Hazardous Waste program in Mendocino and Lake Counties.

Zero Waste Sonoma

Zero Waste Sonoma accepts unused medicine at their household hazardous waste (HHW) facility and through HHW collection events.



Fort Bragg




  • Branscomb Pharmacy
    (Controlled substances are NOT accepted at this location)
    51 Branscomb Road


Rohnert Park

Santa Rosa


How-To Guide

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