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Proper disposal of your unused meds is easy!
Find out where you can take your unused medications for safe disposal

To prevent misuse and keep medications from entering our waterways, please dispose of unused prescription and over-the-counter medications responsibly. Flushing unused or expired medications down the sink or toilet can pollute the environment.

Learn more here about the disposal options available to you!

General Information

Check Household Hazardous Waste Facilities
Several local HHW facilities also accept unused meds:

Sacramento County
North Area Recovery Station
(916) 875-5555
Controlled substances: see Federal Recommendations

City of Folsom
HazMat Division
(916) 355-8367 – Free pickup available
Controlled substances: Folsom Police Department

City of Elk Grove
Special Waste Collection Center 
(916) 627-3232 – Free disposal for Elk Grove residents
Controlled substances: Elk Grove Police Department

City of Sacramento
The City of Sacramento does not accept pharmaceuticals as a part of their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program. However, as a resident of Sacramento County, you are eligible to dispose of your pharmaceuticals and other HHW at a County Facility. To review the list of acceptable materials at the City of Sacramento facility, visit the City of Sacramento’s HHW Program website.

City of Citrus Heights
The City of Citrus Heights is currently serviced by Republic Services. Unfortunately, Republic Services does not accept pharmaceuticals as a part of their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program. Citrus Heights residents are advised to follow the Federal Recommendations. To get help with identifying household hazardous waste and to find out ways to handle it, visit the Republic Services HHW Program website. To check the dates of HHW events, visit the City of Citrus Heights Waste Management and Recycling website.

Yolo County
Yolo County Landfill
Free pickup available for seniors and disabled:
- West Sacramento: (916) 617-4590
- Yolo County: (530) 666-8856
Controlled substances: Local police station

General Information

Check with your local pharmacy for mail-back options

The next time you visit your local pharmacy, ask the pharmacist if they have mail-back envelopes for your unused or expired medications.


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