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Safe Drug and Consumer-Generated Sharps Disposal

Safe Drug Disposal Program - Program Status Update - February 2016

Safe Consumer-Generated Sharps Disposal Program - Program Status Update - February 2016

Safe Drug & Consumer-Generated Sharps Disposal Ordinances & Regulations


The Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal (SDD) Ordinance on July 24, 2012. The Board of Supervisors subsequently approved amendments to the SDD Ordinance on February 2, 2016. The revised SDD Ordinance is effective March 3, 2016.

The Director of Environmental Health adopted revised SDD Regulations on October 16, 2013 following a public hearing held on October 8, 2013. The revised SDD Regulations will assist efforts to implement, administer and enforce the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance located at Title 6, Chapter 6.53 of the Alameda County General Ordinance. The Regulations will be revised in early 2016 to reflect the amended SDD Ordinance, while also incorporating provisions to facilitate administration of the new SSD Ordinance.

  • A copy of the SDD Regulations with 2013 revisions can be found here: SDD Regulations (PDF - 7.4mb)*
  • A copy of the revised SDD Fee Schedule can be found here: SDD Fee Schedule (PDF - 58kb)*


The Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed the Alameda County Safe Consumer-Generated Sharps Disposal (SSD) Ordinance on November 15, 2015, adding Chapter 6.54 to the Alameda County General Ordinance Code. The SSD Ordinance places certain requirements on pharmaceutical and Sharps manufacturers that sell or distribute products in Alameda County usually intended for administration outside of a healthcare setting. The SSD Ordinance took effect December 18, 2015. Regulations for the SSD Ordinance are currently in development.


A public hearing was held Feb. 23, 2015 to consider the Product Stewardship Plans submitted to the Department of Environmental Health by producers of Covered Drugs to determine whether the plans comply with the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance, Chapter 6.53 of Title 6, Alameda County Health and Safety Code, and Regulations adopted pursuant to that chapter.

The following Stewardship Plans were considered and approved on Feb. 25, 2015 by the Director of the Department of Environmental Health:

  1. EXELIXIS SAFE DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM PLAN - A Product Stewardship Plan dated 1-30-2015, as updated 2-2-2015,operated individually by Exelixis who has one Covered Drug, Cometriq.
  2. ALAMEDA MED-PROJECT LLC PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP PLAN - A comprehensive Product Stewardship Plan dated 1-30-2015, as updated 2-23-2015, operating on behalf of a large number of Producers who have a variety of Covered Drugs.

List of 3rd Party Stewardship Plan Developers

The following is a 3rd party Stewardship Plan developer whose Plan for the collection and disposal of unwanted Covered Drugs from Alameda County residents was approved by the Department on Feb, 25, 2015 following a Public Hearing. The Plan Owner has indicated that Producers interested in complying with the SDD Ordinance requirements through participation in a 3rd Party Stewardship Plan may contact them about joining their Plan.

Contact information for Plan developers:

The Pharmaceutical Product Stewardship Work Group (PPSWG) established a limited liability company, Alameda MED-Project LLC, as the Stewardship Organization for their Plan, with updated contact information:

Victoria Travis, Program Director
Alameda MED-Project LLC
4096 Piedmont Ave Unit 544
Oakland, CA  94611-5221
(510) 227-9798 

Notification of participation with a Product Stewardship Organization:

Companies who have joined a Product Stewardship Organization (PSO) that has submitted or will submit a Plan in which they will participate, may use this form to notify the Department of their participation in compliance with Section 4.B.ii of the Regulations. Each individual company or organization must be identified and contact information included, even if it is a subsidiary or affiliate of another company. Each individual company or organization must specifically confirm participation in a PSO. Companies may also notify the Department by presenting the required Section 4.B.ii information on company letterhead in lieu of the form.

  • A copy of the updated Product Stewardship Organization Notification Form can be found here:
    PSO Notification Form 2016  (PDF - 34kb)*

Current Locations Where County Residents May Drop-Off Unwanted Prescription and Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs

There currently are 32 collection sites throughout Alameda County where residential consumers can drop-off their unwanted prescription and OTC drugs. The collection sites are operated by 10 different participating agencies who have partnered with the County to provide a mechanism for unwanted product collection until Product Stewardship Programs take over that role. This updated information includes a pair of Walgreen's Drug Stores who recently initiated their own voluntary collection program by installing kiosks in their 24-hour stores.

  • An updated listing of current drug drop-off locations can be found here: Drop-off Site List (PDF - 436kb)*
  • A map showing the locations of current drug drop-off locations can be found here: Drop-off Site Map (PDF - 1.8mb)*

The Alameda County Safe Medications Disposal Initiative Assessment: 2007 - 2014

The Teleosis Institute, July 11, 2014

The Teleosis Institute completed a review of unwanted prescription drug collection and disposal data since 2007 in Alameda County. The assessment provides both quantitative and qualitative insights into the first seven years of the initiative's implementation offering policy advice for furthering successful collection efforts in the future. Overall, data indicate an increase in unwanted prescription drugs collected from residents over the period of this study, from 473 pounds collected from the initial ten collection locations in 2009 to 13,919 pounds collected in 2013 from 31 locations, an average of 449 pounds per site annually.

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