Medication Drop-Off & Sharp Disposal

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Medication Drop-Off: Prescription & Over-the-Counter 

DO NOT FLUSH MEDICATIONS DOWN THE TOILET. Although this was a practice used in the past, new studies show that prescription and over-the-counter drugs are not completely removed when passing through waste water treatment plants.  Harm to marine and plant life can be caused by improper disposal.  Please bring any unused or expired prescription drugs and other over-the-counter medications to a local medication drop-off location for proper disposal. 

Medication Drop-Off (NO SHARPS) at Sheriff's Department West Valley Patrol Station

 Location      1601 S De Anza Blvd 
 Phone  (408) 868-6600
 Hours  Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 Instructions

 Drop unused prescription or over-the-counter medication in the drop box in the lobby. No   sharps allowed. (See below for how to dispose of sharps).

 
Sharps Disposal

DO NOT THROW SHARPS IN THE TRASH. State law prohibits a person from placing home-generated sharps in their trash or recycling containers. Home-generated sharps are defined as disposable hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets, and other medical devices used for self-injection or blood test. Properly disposing of your used sharps will help protect your family, community, the public and environment.  
 
To have your sharps picked up for proper disposal, contact WM At Your Door Services 800.449.7587, or visit WM At Your Door Services to set up an appointment to get rid of sharps along with other household hazardous waste materials.
 
To drop sharps off: Certain fire stations will take sharps for disposal. The nearest location to Cupertino is the West Valley Fire Station at 19800 Cox Ave. in Saratoga. Your doctor's office may also take them. A list of sharps drop-off locations in the region can be found on the Santa Clara County HHW page.
All Sharps must be in approved containers. Container must be rigid, puncture resistant, unbreakable, and leak-resistant with a tightly sealed lid and labeled "Sharps Waste" or with the International Biohazard label. No glass jars, soda bottles, or milk jugs are accepted (these containers are not puncture-proof).
 
Mail-Back Services:  If you purchase sharps on-line, request a pre-addressed, prepaid mail-back box for your used sharps. A list of mail-back services approved by the California Department of Public Health can be found at the Medical Waste Management Program  site.