The next CVSan Recycles Day will be held in late April.  Please check back later for more details on that event.

CVSan co-sponsored the collection of pharmaceutical waste from a free public collection box located at the Eden Medical Center from fall 2011 to spring 2017. *Currently this drop-off location is closed and may be re-opened soon.

Where Do Controlled Substances Go?

For controlled substances such as narcotics, sleeping pills, antidepressants and cough syrup with codeine, please take these to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Eden Township Substation at 15001 Foothill Blvd in San Leandro (510) 667-7721 or The Elihu Harris State Office Building at 1515 Clay St. in Oakland.

Dispose of household hazardous waste safely, conveniently -- and FREE at the Household Hazardous Waste facility

Examples of household hazardous waste

Are expired or unused medcines in your bathroom or kitchen?

Other sharps disposal options

Other battery disposal options

Waste Management online service for compact fluorescent bulb recycling from home

Hazardous waste (Small Business Generator Program) 

Where Can You Also Drop-Off Controlled and Non-Controlled Pharmaceuticals?

Clayworth Pharmacy on Lake Chabot Road has a collection bin.

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The bin is available during their operating hours of:

    • Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm
  • The bin accepts controlled and non-controlled substances
  • Instructions for how to dispose of pharmaceuticals into the bin include:
  • No patient information on the containers (preferably in a bag, if pills).
  • No insulin, inhalers, or sharps/needles are permitted in the bin.

Dispose of household hazardous waste safely, conveniently -- and FREE at the Household Hazardous Waste facility

Examples of household hazardous waste

Are expired or unused medicines in your bathroom or kitchen?

Other sharps disposal options

Other battery disposal options

Waste Management online service for compact fluorescent bulb recycling from home

Hazardous waste (Small Business Generator Program) 

Note: While CVSan highly recommends taking your unwanted pharmaceuticals to the drop box at Eden Hospital or another take-back location or event such as CVSan Recycles Day (see event details as actual collected items which may vary), it is not illegal at this time to place them in your garbage cart.  If you are unable to take the pharmaceuticals for proper disposal, 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.