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Sunnyvale, CA 94088-3707
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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 in removing 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 when station personnel are present to accept them. Pills and blister packs should be sealed in a zip-lock bag. Black out names and medical information on any tubes or bottles. Pill bottles and lids are recyclable in container recycling carts. 

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
Valley Health Center (VHC) at Sunnyvale Pharmacy
Located in the main lobby, across from security desk
660 South Fair Oaks Ave., Sunnyvale, CA  94086 (Cross street - Garland Ave.)
Operating hours: Monday-Thursday | 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday | 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Call to confirm drop-off times

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" 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. Container must fit through the 8" x 9" chute. Sharps mail-back programs are also available.

The Valley Health Center at Sunnyvale, 660 S. Fair Oaks Ave., and Kaiser Permanente Homestead campus also accept sharps. 

Do not dispose of pharmaceuticals or sharps in the garbage, recycling carts or flush down drains or toilets.


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