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Finally, a safe, free, and environmentally responsible way for residents to get rid of old household medicines and sharps.

Take waste medications and needles to any convenient drop-off site including many pharmacies and medical facilities around Santa Cruz County.

Click here for details about our current collection sites, or call 831-454-2160 (County of Santa Cruz Public Works Department)

Note that hospitals, clinics, medical practices, pathology labs, convalescent homes, group homes, nursing facilities, hospices, veterinary hospitals, acupuncturists, or any other businesses are NOT eligible to use this program.

Be responsible, be informed...

As of September 1, 2008, it is illegal to discard used sharps in the garbage or recycling, and used sharps must be transported in an approved sharps container.

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Collaborative program coordinated by the County of Santa Cruz with the Cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Capitola, and Scotts Valley.
Funded by local governments, wastewater treatment facilities, and local pharmacies.
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