Convenient Locations

Community kiosk drop-off sites allow patients to bring expired or unwanted medicines or sharps to convenient locations for proper disposal.


ACCEPTED: Medications in any dosage form, except for those identified as Not Accepted below, in their original container or sealed bag.

NOT ACCEPTED: Herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, medical devices, batteries, mercury-containing thermometers, sharps, and illicit drugs.

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


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 medicines) contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared sharps containers.

NOT ACCEPTED: Controlled substances, unwanted medicines not contained in sharps, and loose sharps that are not contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared sharps containers.

All sharps disposal 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.

For more information about the Santa Clara Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance, please see:

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This list identifies information on some of the mail-back and kiosk programs, as well as take-back events, that may be available to Santa Clara County residents for disposing of unwanted medicines and sharps. Some of the programs may be limited to a subset of Santa Clara County residents (e.g., residents actively using a specific medication). Please contact the programs before attempting to use them to confirm they are available to you and able to accept your medications.

MED-Project LLC has compiled this list based on publicly available information for your convenience, but does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the information on it. MED-Project LLC does not endorse and denies any responsibility or liability for the programs listed or the processes they employ for collection, transportation, treatment, or disposal of the medications they collect.