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News and Upcoming Events

  • Walgreens announced the launch of a safe medication disposal program that will install kiosks in more than 500 of their stores in 39 states and Washington, D.C. As of May 2016, 49 bins have been installed in Walgreens stores in California and are listed on the Don’t Rush to Flush bin map.

Visit the Don’t Rush to Flush bin map for additional locations near you, accepted items, hours of operation, and other information.

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Follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. At home, remove, scratch off or black-out personal information from the containers to protect your identity.
  2. Just before drop-off, remove pills from the original container, place in a clear zipper bag, and recycle the container. Keep liquids and creams in original containers.
  3. Bring zipper bag and any liquids/creams to a Don’t Rush to Flush location and place in the bin – It’s that easy!

Note: Medications should remain in the
original child-proof container until just prior to drop-off.

What can I put in Don’t Rush to Flush bins?

  • Prescription medications – only certain locations accept Controlled Substance medications*. Please check the bin locations map for information about what types of medications each site can accept.
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medicated ointments and lotions (leave tightly sealed in original containers)
  • Pet medications

*Check this short list or this complete list to see if your medications are controlled substances.

What cannot go in Don’t Rush to Flush bins?

  • Used Sharps (hypodermic needles, syringes, auto injectors, infusion sets, connection needles/sets, and lancets)
  • Dietary Supplements, Vitamins
  • Business Waste (e.g. Company Representative’s Product Samples, Waste from Clinics, Doctor’s, Dentist’s, and Veterinary practices)
  • Mercury Thermostats
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Chemotherapy or cytotoxic medicines
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders or Aerosol Containers (e.g. asthma inhalers)


Please contact the California Product Stewardship Council at (916) 706-3420 for questions about the program, how it works, to request information about hosting a bin, and other information.