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Medicine, Medication and Prescription Drug Proper Disposal Locations
serving Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop, Escalon and San Joaquin County

How do I recycle or properly dispose of...

 

For Medical Sharps (Needles, Syrettes) Click Here

Medications:
Over the counter and prescription medicine, drugs and medications contain hazardous substances that can threaten human health and the environment if improperly disposed.  A 2002 study by the United States Geological Survey found that 80% of our streams are contaminated with prescription drugs, including steroids and hormones.  Help protect our water supply by properly disposing of unwanted or expired medications.

There is NO COST for San Joaquin County residents to drop off these materials at the HHW Facility for proper disposal. 

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN THE GARBAGE OR FLUSH DOWN TOILETS OR DRAINS!

 

Where Can I Take Them for Proper Disposal?

Residents
Residents of San Joaquin County can utilize the following resources to properly dispose of medications:

San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Medications are accepted for free from residents of San Joaquin County at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW) located near the Stockton Airport.  Whenever possible, take unwanted or expired medications to the HHW Facility for proper disposal (no controlled substances, please).  Click the HHW link for more information. 
If you have a controlled substance or cannot get to an HHW Facility, click here for alternate disposal guidelines.

Businesses
Businesses can utilize the following resources to properly dispose of medications:

San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Small businesses can dispose of medications at the San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility  for a small fee.  Conditions apply, for details click the Business HHW link or CESQG Brochure link below.

 

Household Hazardous Waste
Facility

Household Hazardous Waste
Brochure
Small Business
HHW
 Small Business
HHW Brochure

 


San Joaquin County Department of Public Works
Solid Waste Division

Last updated 10/21/2011

 

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