Pharmaceutical Disposal

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Click here to learn more about the new ordinance that will expand the County’s medicine collection program.


Don't flush your old medications.


  • Protect the environment
  • Prevent overdoses and errors
  • Keep drugs away from children


Disposal Procedures:

  • Remove excess packaging like boxes and bottles.
  • Consolidate pills in ziplock bag or tied off bag.
  • Leave liquid medications in their original containers.

If you have sharps, please dispose of them at a designated sharps drop off location.

There are confidential drop-off containers at the following Police Departments:

Belmont Police Department
One Twin Pines Lane, Belmont, CA
(650) 595-7400

Brisbane Police Department
50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA
(415) 467-1212

Burlingame Police Department
1111 Trousdale Drive
Burlingame, CA
(650) 777-4100

Daly City
Daly City Police Department
333 90th Street
Daly City, CA
(650) 991-8119

Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay Police Dept.
537 Kelly Ave
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1719
(650) 726-8288

Hillsborough Police Department
1600 Floribunda Avenue
Hillsborough, CA
(650) 375-7400

Millbrae Police Bureau
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office   
581 Magnolia Avenue
Millbrae, CA
(650) 259-2300

Moss Beach
San Mateo County Sheriff's
North Coast Sub-Station
500 California Avenue
Moss Beach, CA
(650) 573-2801
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F

Pacifica Police Department
2075 Coast Highway
Pacifica, CA
(650) 738-7314

Redwood City
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
400 County Center, Third Floor
Redwood City, CA
(650) 599-1536

San Bruno
San Bruno Police Department
1117 Huntington Avenue
San Bruno, CA
(650) 616-7100

San Carlos
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
San Carlos Police Bureau
600 Elm Street
San Carlos, CA
(650) 802-4277

San Mateo
San Mateo Police Department
200 Franklin Parkway
San Mateo, CA
(650) 522-7710

South San Francisco
South San Francisco Police Department
33 Arroyo Drive, Suite C
South San Francisco, CA
(650) 877-8900

The following locations accept all non-controlled medicines. Take controlled medicines, like narcotics, to the locations listed above.

Shoreway Environmental Center
San Carlos

Little House Activity Center
Menlo Park

For more information, please call Environmental Health, (650) 372-6200. Click here to learn more about the program that will expand the County’s medicine collection program.

Updated Program Overview
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