Take-Back Events

Local Take-Back Events offer residents a free and convenient way to dispose of expired or Unwanted Medicines and Sharps. The local authorities and MED-Project may also sponsor local drug take-back days in your area.

UNWANTED MEDICINE

ACCEPTED: MEDICATIONS IN ANY DOSAGE FORM, EXCEPT FOR THOSE LISTED BELOW, IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINER OR SEALED BAG.*

*If transferring medications to a sealed bag, please be sure to recycle all remaining packaging.

NOT ACCEPTED:HERBAL REMEDIES, VITAMINS, SUPPLEMENTS, COSMETICS, OTHER PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS, MEDICAL DEVICES, BATTERIES, MERCURY-CONTAINING THERMOMETERS, SHARPS, AND ILLICIT DRUGS.**

**Please dispose of any items on the NOT ACCEPTED list at your local Hazardous Waste Facility. Call 1 (800) 606-6606 or visit Household-HazWaste.org for details. 

SHARPS

ACCEPTED: SHARPS (SUCH AS HYPODERMIC NEEDLES, PEN NEEDLES, PRE-LOADED SHARPS, AUTO-INJECTORS, INTRAVENOUS NEEDLES, LANCETS AND OTHER DEVICES USED TO PENETRATE THE SKIN FOR DRAWING BLOOD, OR FOR THE DELIVERY OF MEDICATIONS) CONTAINED IN U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION-CLEARED SHARPS CONTAINERS***

NOT ACCEPTED: CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, UNWANTED MEDICINE NOT CONTAINED IN SHARPS, AND LOOSE SHARPS THAT ARE NOT CONTAINED IN U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION-CLEARED SHARPS CONTAINERS.

***All sharps containers should be made of heavy-duty plastic; able to close with a tight-fitting, puncture resistant lid without sharps being able to come out; upright and stable during use; leak-resistant; and properly labeled as “sharps waste” or with the biohazard symbol and the word “BIOHAZARD” to warn of hazardous materials inside the container.

Calendar of Local Take-Back Events

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Household Hazardous Waste One-day Event, Alameda

640 West Red Line Avenue Alameda, CA 94501 Start time: 9am End time: 1pm

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Castro Valley HHW One Day Event

Canyon Middle School 19600 Cull Canyon Rd Castro Valley, CA 94552 Start time: 9am End time: 1pm

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Household Hazardous Waste One-Day Event, (Medication & Sharps)

Oakland Coliseum 7000 Coliseum Way Oakland, CA 94621 Start time: 9am End time: 1pm Link to website

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Albany HHW One-Day Event (Medication & Sharps)

Golden Gate Fields 1100 Eastshore Hwy Albany, CA 94710 Start time: 9am End time: 1pm Link to website

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Pleasanton HHW One-Day Event (Medications & Sharps)

Alameda County Fairgrounds 4501 Pleasanton Ave Pleasanton, CA 94566 Start time: 9am End time: 1pm Link to website

Sunday, May 5, 2019

San Leandro HHW One-Day Event (Medications & Sharps)

San Leandro Public Works 14200 Chapman Rd San Leandro, CA 94578 Start time: 9am End time: 1pm Link to website

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Washington Hospital “Let’s Go Green Together” Event (Medication Only)

2000 Mowry Ave Fremont, CA 94538 Start time: 11am End time: 3pm