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Safe Drug and Consumer-Generated Sharps Disposal

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

There are now 71 collection sites throughout Alameda County where residents can drop-off their unwanted prescription and OTC drugs, including 28 sites where residents can also drop-off used Sharps. This updated information includes 69 sites now managed by the Alameda MED-Project Stewardship Organization, as well as a pair of Walgreen's stores where an independent unwanted drug collection program was initiated during 2016.

  • An updated listing of current drug drop-off locations can be found here: Drop-off Site List (PDF - 1.2mb)*

NOTICE OF DETERMINATION

On March 26, 2018, the Director of the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health approved the MED-Project LLC document entitled, "A Product Stewardship Plan for Sharps from Households, Alameda County, California", dated January 31, 2018, as revised March 26, 2018. This stewardship plan was submitted in compliance with the Alameda County Safe Consumer-Generated Sharps Disposal Ordinance, Chapter 6.54 of Title 6, Alameda County General Ordinance Code. The approved plan is the final iteration of a MED-Project plan first submitted to the Department in December 2016 for which public comments were solicited and considered.


PREVIOUSLY APPROVED PLANS

Stewardship Program Annual Reports - Safe Drug Disposal Program

Pursuant to Sec. 6.53.080 of the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance, every Producer, group of Producers or Stewardship Organization operating a Product Stewardship Program must submit to the Department an annual written report describing the Program's activities during the previous reporting period. Below are the Annual Reports and report supplements submitted to the Department, beginning with plans implemented during 2015. The most recent addition is the 2017 MED-Project Annual Report, as revised, memorializing activities occurring during the final year of initial plan implementation.

  1. Alameda MED-Project LLC Annual Reports and Report Supplements

  2. Exelixis, Inc. Annual Report and Report Supplement

Safe Drug & Consumer-Generated Sharps Disposal Ordinances & Regulations

SAFE DRUG DISPOSAL

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 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)*

SAFE CONSUMER-GENERATED SHARPS DISPOSAL

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.

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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
alameda@med-project.org 


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)*

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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