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Visit the Don’t Rush to Flush bin map for medication drop-off 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.