Do you know how to dispose of unwanted medicines to ensure the safety of Monterey Bay and our greater environment?

Medications or personal care products such as pills, liquids or creams, should not be flushed down the toilet or placed in the trash where they are accessible to children or animals and may contaminate the sanitary sewer or landfill.



To avoid these hazards, our medication disposal program, MED-Project, is available to all residents of the City of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County. If you have expired or unwanted medicines, the program offers various Santa Cruz locations for drop-off. Find the closest one to you here.  Watch our medication disposal video here; en español.



Similarly, needles should never be placed in a recycling cart, flushed down the toilet, or discarded separately or loosely. To properly dispose of sharps, place them in a dedicated, approved, red sharps container and drop off the full container at one of the MED-Project locations. These red sharps containers are available at a very nominal fee in 1-quart, 5-quart, and 2-gallon sizes at all pharmacies. Watch our sharps disposal video here; en español.



The proper disposal of unwanted pills, liquid medication, and needles is important for the protection of employees as well as home safety and the environment. Download the Unwanted Medicines and Sharps brochure here in English; en español.




If you like, take a short survey to learn about and pledge proper disposal of unwanted medications and used needles from your home. Then we welcome you to share your story about how hard or easy it is to dispose of them. Include your zip code and the California Product Stewardship Council will share your stories with state legislators to support action to improve disposal options.

For more information about this collaborative City/County program visit MED-Project.


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