Medication Recycling

Why is this important?

Medications flushed down the toilet or in drains pass through the sewer system and eventually enter our streams, lakes, and rivers. Medicines and synthetic hormones have been detected in trace amounts in water bodies. This could lead to increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics and interference with growth and reproduction in aquatic organisms such as fish and frogs.

The presence of medications in the environment is a complex issue and the risk to humans and the environment is still being determined. With tens of thousands of medicinal products on the market and more being developed each year, the long-term risks have not been determined on the effects on the environment. However, in order to minimize the potential negative and irreversible impacts, it is important that we limit the disposal of waste medications to the sewer.

How should I dispose of my unwanted medications?

  • Bring to free HHW Collection Event
  • Drop off at a designated location during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
  • Return your medications to a pharmacy near you. Some pharmacies and other locations offer take-back and/or mail- back programs.

What types of medications are accepted?

Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, aspirin and other painkillers, cold/flu remedies, antiseptics (germ killing liquids), synthetic hormones, veterinary medicines.

Locations Near You to Recycle Medications:

L.A. County Sheriffs Lakewood Station
5130 Clark Ave, Lakewood, CA 90712
+1 562-623-3500

EDCO Recycling & Transfer
Collection events are held on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2755 California Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755
+1 562-597-0608

1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Open Saturdays and Sundays only