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Pharmaceuticals and Sharps Disposal

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 are limited in their ability to remove 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 94086
Fire Station #2 795 E. Arques Avenue 94085
Fire Station #3 910 Ticonderoga Drive 94087
Fire Station #4 996 Wolfe Road 94086
Fire Station #5 1120 Innovation Avenue 94089
Fire Station #6 1282 N. Lawrence Station Road 94089
 

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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. Sharps(needles and lancets) mail-back programs are also available.

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 flush down drains or toilets.

 

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