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Proper disposal of pharmaceuticals

Recent reports of trace levels of pharmaceutical compounds in our nation's drinking water supplies have raised awareness of water quality protection. State and federal agencies are now recommending the medical wastes should not be flushed down the drain.

Residents are being asked to properly dispose of their old medications. The Monterey County Health Department, Monterey Regional Waste Management District, Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority, and MRWPCA agree that the best solution to safely dispose of pharmaceutical wastes is to return to your pharmacy and ask them to take them back.

Follow White House Drug Policy for disposing medical wastes in the trash. Remove the medicines from the original container and mix them with an unpleasant waste material, such as used kitty litter, ashes or coffee grounds. Then place the mixture in an impermeable container such as a sealable bag before discarding in the trash.

Pharmaceutical Disposal Locations

Monterey Regional Waste Management District Household Hazardouse Waste Facility
Tuesday – Saturday, 9a.m.-4p.m.; Closed Monday

14201 Del Monte Boulevard
Marina, CA 93933-1670
Phone: (831) 384-5313
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Pharmacy
No sharps, controlled substances OK (Controlled substances, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.)

23625 Holman Hwy
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 624-5311
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Front Lobby
No sharps, no controlled substances

23625 Holman Hwy
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 624-5311
Carmel Drug Store
No controlled substances, sharps OK

Ocean and San Carlos
Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-3819
Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department
8 a.m.–5 p.m., seven days per week
No sharps or liquids, controlled substances OK

SE corner of Junipero and 4th St
Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-6403
Central Avenue Pharmacy
No controlled substances, sharps OK

133 15th St
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 373-1225
California State University Monterey Bay
No controlled substances or sharps

100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 582-3965
Marina Police Department
10 a.m.–4 p.m., Mon–Fri
No sharps, controlled substances OK

211 Hillcrest Ave
Marina, CA 93933
(831) 884-1267
Pebble Beach Community Service District
No controlled substances, sharps OK

3101 Forest Lake Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
(831) 647-5642
Walgreens Seaside
No sharps, controlled substances OK

1055 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 393-9231
Alisal Pharmacy
Controlled substances OK, sharps OK

323 North Sanborn Rd
Salinas, CA 93905
(831) 424-7321
Allcare Pharmacy
Controlled substances OK, sharps OK

331 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-8053

Administrative Offices


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Monday through Friday

5 Harris Court, Bldg D
Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 372-3367
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