Where Can I Drop-Off Pharmaceuticals and Sharps in Castro Valley?

  

Improperly disposed pharmaceuticals as well as sharps are a serious hazard to our families and community and should not go in any containers set out for collection curbside.  Please take the necessary steps to dispose of them properly at the locations below:

Location

This Location Accepts

CVS Pharmacy (sponsored by the MED Project)*

Every day during operating hours

3667 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley

*Please note – pharmaceuticals should be left in their original container or placed in a sealed plastic bag when dropping off.  Also, all sharps must be contained in sharps containers approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

IMG_5384.JPGMedications (pharmaceuticals) in dosage form, except for the following: herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, compressed cylinders, aerosols, inhalers, medical devices, sharps, illicit drugs (a.k.a. controlled substances), and iodine-containing medications.

 

Sharps such as hypodermic needles, pan needles, pre-loaded sharps, auto injectors, intravenous needles, lancets and other devices used to penetrate the skin for drawing blood, or for the delivery of medications.

 

CVSan Recycles Day Events

Every April and August. Click here for this year’s event dates and drop-off instructions.

Canyon Middle School

19600 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley

Controlled substances such as narcotics, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and cough syrup with codeine.

Non-controlled substances such as old, expired, or unneeded prescription and non-prescription drugs.

 

Where Else Can I Drop-Off Pharmaceuticals?

Location

This Location Accepts

Alameda County Sheriff’s Eden Township Substation

15001 Foothill Boulevard, San Leandro 

Controlled substances such as narcotics, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and cough syrup with codeine.

San Leandro Hospital

13855 East 14th Street, San Leandro

Controlled substances such as narcotics, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and cough syrup with codeine.

Non-controlled substances such as old, expired, or unneeded prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Walgreen’s Pharmacy

15500 Washington Avenue, San Leandro

Controlled substances such as narcotics, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and cough syrup with codeine.

Non-controlled substances such as old, expired, or unneeded prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Mission Pharmacy

22138 Mission Boulevard, Hayward

Controlled substances such as narcotics, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and cough syrup with codeine.

Non-controlled substances such as old, expired, or unneeded prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Ted’s Pharmacy

27452 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward

Controlled substances such as narcotics, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and cough syrup with codeine.

Non-controlled substances such as old, expired, or unneeded prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Tennyson Pharmacy

589 W. Tennyson Road, Hayward

Controlled substances such as narcotics, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and cough syrup with codeine.

Non-controlled substances such as old, expired, or unneeded prescription and non-prescription drugs.

For more Alameda County pharmaceutical drop-off locations, please visit www.acgov.org/aceh/safedisposal/.

CVSan co-sponsored a free public pharmaceutical waste collection box at the Eden Medical Center from fall 2011 to spring 2017. Currently this drop-off location is closed but may be reopened.

Note: While CVSan highly recommends taking your unwanted pharmaceuticals to a take-back location or event, it is not currently illegal to place them in your garbage cart.  If you are unable to properly dispose of your pharmaceuticals, you can mix any unused medicines with your garbage, so no one will be tempted to take them out.  Also, if the medicines are placed in your garbage cart, they should be contained and to protect your privacy we recommend that you blackout or remove the labels on prescription containers.

 

How Else Can I Dispose of Sharps?

In addition to CVS on Castro Valley Blvd, or nearby locations for proper disposal, please click here or contact your pharmacy for more information.  For a mail back program, please click here or here.