More than 80 percent of the waterways tested in the United States reveal traces of common medications that can directly affect aquatic organisms. Water treatment plants do not remove the medications from waste water. Medications are considered hazardous waste and should not to be flushed down drains or put in the garbage.
Home storage and improper disposal of unused or expired medications can result in accidental poisonings, drug diversion or abuse and environmental contamination.
Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations in Sunnyvale
The City of Sunnyvale offers residents no-cost disposal of their unwanted medications at any of the six Sunnyvale Fire Stations where station personnel are authorized to accept them.
|Fire Station #1
||171 N. Mathilda Avenue
|Fire Station #2
||795 E. Arques Avenue
|Fire Station #3
||910 Ticonderoga Drive
|Fire Station #4
||996 Wolfe Road
|Fire Station #5
||1120 Innovation Avenue
|Fire Station #6
||1282 N. Lawrence Station Road
View the following sites for additional information:
Sharps(needles and lancets) mail-back programs are also available
Sharps Disposal Locations
The SMaRT Station® accepts sharps/needles and lancets in bio-hazard containers or a rigid, puncture and leak resistant, unbreakable container, labeled "Sharps Waste" or bearing the international bio-hazard label, and having a tightly sealed lid. Glass bottles or milk cartons are not acceptable containers. Look for the red bin in the drop-off area.
Several local medical clinics take sharps waste from patients. If they don't offer the service, ask if they will start.
Do not dispose of pharmaceuticals in the garbage, recycling carts or down the drain.
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