Disposal of Old Medications

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


  • To prevent misuse by older adults
  • To keep them away from young people


Pharmaceuticals can be dangerous for the environment if improperly disposed. Unfortunately at this time, there is no simple disposal option – and as a result medications are being flushed down toilets and thrown out with the garbage. As a result, traces of pharmaceuticals have started showing up in drinking water supplies and in land fills, polluting the environment.

Instructions in English

Instructions in Spanish


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

Alameda Police Department
1555 Oak Street (Lobby)
Alameda, CA
(510) 337-8340
8am - 8pm daily

Albany Senior Center
846 Masonic Avenue
Albany, CA

United Pharmacy
2929 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA
(510) 843-3201

Alta Bates Milvia Outpatient Pharmacy
2500 Milvia Street, Suite 130
Berkeley, CA
(510) 204-6550

Berkeley Transfer Station #3
1201 2nd Street
Berkeley, CA
Mon. - Sat. 8am - 4:30pm

Sal's Pharmacy
1831 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, CA
(510) 525-6500
Mon. - Fri. 9:30am - 7pm, Sat. 10am - 6pm, Sun. 11am - 5pm

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

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

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

Washington Township Medical Group at Warm Springs
46690 Mohave Drive
Fremont, 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 hrs a 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

Washington Township Medical Group
33077 Alvarado Niles Rd
Union City, CA
510 477-7621

The following site is the only site that can legally accept Controlled Substances and other medications:

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
15001 Foothill Blvd.
San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 667-7721
M-Fri.: 7-5pm