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Medicine (prescription & non-presc)

Recycling & Reuse Options

General Recycling Information:

To prevent environmental contamination, prescription and  over-the-counter medication should never be flushed down a toilet or  thrown in the trash.

Bring prescription and over-the-counter medications to the Household Hazardous Waste drop-off at the landfill.

Controlled substances or medications that contain controlled substances (vicodin,  morphine, codeine, etc.) are not accepted at the landfill HHW drop-off.  By law, only law enforcement can handle controlled substances. For  information about controlled substances, please refer to the Drug Enforcement Administration website.

 For more information about pharmaceutical waste, see the California Integrated Waste Managements website.   




Recycling Options:

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Accepted Materials Include: Prescription and over-the-counter drugs, pet medications, and medicated ointments.

Not Accepted: Controlled substances, personal care products, sharps,  bloody or infectious waste, thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol  cans, business waste, & radiopharmaceuticals.

How to prepare meds for disposal:

1. At home, remove, scratch off or black-out personal information from the containers to protect identity.

2. Just before drop-off, remove pills from original containers (place  containers in your recycling bin) and place pills in a clear zipper bag. Keep liquids & creams in original containers.

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