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New Bin Locations

Press ReleaseSanta Clara County Receives Eight New Medication Disposal Bins to Protect the Environment and Public Health, 10/1/2015

How Does It Work?

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 prescriptions. Please visit the bin locations map for details.)
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medicated ointments and lotions (leave in original containers!)
  • Pet medications

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

  • Controlled prescriptions**
  • Dietary Supplements, Vitamins
  • Business waste (e.g. Clinics, Doctor’s & Dentist’s offices, Veterinarians)

**Controlled prescriptions cannot currently be disposed through the Don’t Rush to Flush program. Check this short list or this complete list to see if your medications are controlled substances.