Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste Stewardship

 

California has industry-run statewide stewardship programs that provide safe and convenient disposal options for pharmaceutical and home-generated sharps waste at no cost to the consumer.

 

Program News

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  • On April 29, 2024, CalRecycle issued completeness determinations for MED-Project’s and The Drug Takeback Solutions Foundation’s 2023 annual reports (covered drugs/sharps) and 2025 annual program budgets (covered drugs/sharps).
  • On April 1, 2024, CalRecycle received 2025 annual program budgets (covered drugs/sharps) from The Drug Takeback Solutions Foundation.
  • On March 29, 2024, CalRecycle received 2023 annual reports (covered drugs/sharps) from MED-Project and The Drug Takeback Solutions Foundation and 2025 annual program budgets (covered drugs/sharps) from MED-Project.

Get Email Updates About Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste Stewardship

Read the law and regulations for details.

Where and How Do I Dispose of Pharmaceuticals?

To find disposal drop-off locations or obtain mail-back supplies, visit medtakebackcalifornia.org or call (844) 4-TAKE-BACK or (844) 482-5322.

How Do I Dispose of Home-Generated Sharps Waste?

To order a free sharps waste container with mail-back materials, visit sharpstakebackcalifornia.org or call (844) 4-TAKE-BACK or (844) 482-5322.

This page is not intended to provide legal determinations or contain a comprehensive list of legal requirements.