Safe Medication & Sharps Disposal

Don't Flush Medications down Drains

Never flush medications down sinks or toilets. Medications include prescription drugs such as hormones, antidepressants, and antibiotics; over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, cold/flu remedies, and antiseptics; and veterinary medicines. Wastewater treatment plants are not desiSafe sharps disposal containergned to filter or neutralize drug contents that end up in the sewer system. As a result, drugs can pass through wastewater treatment systems and contaminate receiving waters. A federal government study found that 80% of streams sampled contained drugs, including steroids and reproductive hormones, with interfere with growth and reproduction in aquatic wildlife such as fish and frogs. The levels of risk to human health and the environment are being studied, but drug contents have the potential to harm both.

Don't Trash or Dump Disposable Sharps

Never place disposable sharps in a recycling or garbage container. Disposable sharps include hypodermic syringes, lancets, and other medical devices used for self-inject or blood tests. Improper dumping and incorrect disposal of sharps put recycling and garbage and sewage workers, janitors, housekeepers and household members at risk of needle-stick injury and infection.

Safe Disposal of Medications & Sharps

As part of Santa Clara County's Product Stewardship Plan (PDF) drop-off sites have been strategically placed across the County to ensure that residents have convenient access to safely dispose of unwanted household medications and sharps. Please properly dispose of unused or expired prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and sharps at any of these approved drop-off locations.

Local Drop-Off Locations:

Drop Off LocationAddressHoursContact Info
Valley Health Center
(Main lobby, near restrooms)
143 N. Main St.
Milpitas, CA 95035
Monday - Friday:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(888) 334-1000
Barbara Lee Senior Center40 N. Milpitas Blvd.
Milpitas, CA 95035
Monday -  Friday:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
(408) 586-3400
Milpitas Police Department Lobby1275 N. Milpitas Blvd.
Milpitas, CA 95035
Monday -  Friday:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
(408) 586-2402

Additional drop-off locations can be found listed on the Milpitas Safe Medication and Sharps Disposal Fact Sheet (PDF)

VSafe Medication and Sharps Disposalisit the Baywise website for Bay Area pharmacy locations that will accept unused prescription or over-the-counter medication. The Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program offers free drop-off appointments for you to dispose of unwanted medication or sharps. To participate, make an appointment online or over the phone. Please note that the County does not accept controlled narcotics: