The Alameda County MEDS Coalition aims to reduce and prevent medication misuse for older adults and youth and to reduce harm to our natural environment, including land and waterways.

Safe Medication Disposal

Safe Disposal Drop-Off Sites

To prevent harm to the environment, unused medications should be disposed of at the following locations in Alameda County:

Alameda County Drug Disposal Sites for Unwanted or Expired Medications

image of map with text '186 facilities, 19 bay area public agencies' and a call to explore the map further

Alameda County Sheriff's Office
15001 Foothill Blvd.
San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 667-7721
M-Fri.: 7-5pm
Alameda Police Department
1555 Oak Street (Lobby)
Alameda, CA
(510) 337-8340
8am - 8pm daily

2300 Otis Drive
Alameda, CA
(510) 523–7043
Open 24 hours/day
Albany Senior Center
846 Masonic Avenue
Albany, CA
United Pharmacy
2929 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA
(510) 843-3201

Berkeley Transfer Station #3
1201 2nd Street
Berkeley, CA
Mon - Sat 8am - 4:30pm
Eden Medical Center
(Bin located at Emergency Entrance)
20103 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley, CA
(510) 537-1234
Emeryville Senior Center
4321 Salem Street
Emeryville, CA
(510) 596-3730
Mon - Fri 9am - 3pm
Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station
41149 Boyce Road,
Fremont, CA
(510) 252-0500

Haller's Pharmacy and Medical Supply
37323 Fremont Blvd
Fremont, CA
(510) 797-2772

Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site -Fremont
41149 Boyce Road
Fremont, CA

Washington Hospital Community Health Resource Library
2500 Mowry Ave
Fremont, CA
(510) 477-7621

Washington Hospital Main Lobby
2000 Mowry Ave
Fremont, CA
(510) 797-1111

Washington Township Medical Group at Warm Springs
46690 Mohave Drive
Fremont, CA
(510) 477-7621
Alameda County HHW Drop-off Site - Hayward
2091 West Winton Avenue
Hayward, CA
For residents of Alameda County only

Ted's Drugs
27453 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA
(510) 782-6494
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site – Livermore
5584 La Ribera Street
Livermore, CA
Washington Township Medical Group
6236 Thornton Avenue
Newark, CA
(510) 477-7621

Haller's Pharmacy Newark
6170 Thornton Avenue
Newark, CA
(510) 797-4333
Alta Bates Peralta Outpatient Pharmacy
3300 Webster Street, Ground Floor
Oakland, CA
(510) 869-8835

Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site – Oakland
2100 E. 7th Street
Oakland, CA
Thurs. – Sat. 9-1pm

Medicine Drop-Off at the California State Building
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, CA
(510) 287-1651
M-Fri: 8-5pm

East Bay MUD Administration Bldg.
375 Eleventh Street
Oakland, CA
Mon. - Fri. 8am - 4:30pm

Oakland Fire Station #3
1445 14th Street at Mandela Pkwy
Oakland, CA
Open 24 hrs a day

Oakland Fire Station #20
1401 98th Avenue at International Blvd.
Oakland, CA
Open 24 hours/day
Pleasanton Police Department
4833 Bernal Ave
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 931-5100
Open 24 hours/day
City of San Leandro Senior Center
13909 E. 14th St
San Leandro, CA
(510) 577-7990

City of San Leandro Public Works
14200 Chapman Rd.
San Leandro, CA
(510) 577-3440

Davis Street Clinic
3081 Teagarden Street
San Leandro, CA
(510) 347-4620
M-Thurs: 8-8pm, Fri. 8-6pm

Medical Arts Pharmacy
13847 E. 14th Street
San Leandro, CA
(510) 357-1881

15500 Washington Avenue
San Leandro, CA
(510) 483-3917 Open 24 hours/day
Washington Township Medical Group
33077 Alvarado Niles Rd
Union City, CA
510 477-7621

About the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance

A group of concerned citizens approached Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley on the public health and safety issues pertaining to expired and unwanted prescription medications. Through a series of meetings, the MEDS Coalition (hosted by Supervisor Miley) identified the need for an Extended Producer Responsibility ordinance on prescription medication drug take back. Supervisor Miley understood that an ordinance of this kind is important to protect public health and would be challenged by the pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma). With the help of Heidi Sanborn from the California Product Stewardship Council, County Counsel and many other stakeholders, Supervisor Miley and the MEDS Coalition spearheaded the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in July 2012. The Alameda County Environmental Health Department has been tasked to facilitate the implementation of the ordinance. For more information, please visit their website at


Pharmaceuticals have a shelf-life, just like any other product. Eventually, they all become unusable. It is important to get rid of expired and unwanted prescription and over the counter medications.

According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services which publishes the National Health Expenditure Projections 2012-2022, approximately $275.9 billion in prescription drugs will be prescribed in the U.S in 2014. By 2020, that number is projected to reach $379.9 billion. A report estimated that 10 to 33 percent of proscribed medicines are not consumed. With a lack of safe and secure disposal options, consumers traditionally have had the option of trashing, flushing or storing these medicines in the home.

The Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance was adopted to help prevent misuse by older adults, keep medication away from young people, prevent theft of medication and finally prevent medication exposure in the waterways.


  • 2008

    Alameda County Medication Education and Disposal Safety (MEDS) Coalition originated from the Alameda County Senior Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Workgroup.

    MEDS Coalition identified the need for an Extended Producer Responsibility ordinance for prescription drug take back.

  • July 2012

    Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously passes the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

  • December 2012

    PhRMA filed law suit against the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

  • August 2013

    U.S. District Court for Northern District of California upheld the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

  • September 2014

    Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in favor of Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

    In a 3-0 ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the appeal because the Alameda County Ordinance "neither discriminates against nor directly regulates interstate commerce."

  • May 26, 2015

    Supreme Court of the United States declines to hear PrHRMA's appeal.

  • August 2013

    U.S. District Court for Northern District of California upheld the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

  • Currently, there are 31 drug disposal locations within Alameda County.

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