Expired Medication

The Tang Center is now one of ten prescription drop-off stations through East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) accepting unwanted/expired residential pharmaceuticals, through a partnership with EH&S

If Tang is not an available option to you, please refer to the following disposal locations.

Reasons to properly dispose of your expired/unwanted prescriptions:

  • Prescription medicines disposed of down the drain are showing up in streams and rivers throughout the nation and the San Francisco Bay.
  • Government studies have found that 80% of streams in the U.S. have measurable concentrations of prescription drugs including steroids and hormones and traditional wastewater treatment plants can’t remove these compounds.
  • Disposing of your medicines in the trash could accidentally poison pets, seniors, or be taken by criminals.

What is the Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program?

The Pharmaceutical Take-Back program has been in existence since 2009, and is operated and managed by the Environmental Services Division of EBMUD. We collect unwanted and/or expired medication from residential customers in our wastewater service area. Since the program started, we’ve collected over 24,000 pounds of unwanted/expired residential medication.

Why shouldn’t I flush my meds?

Government studies have found that 80% of streams in the U.S. have measurable concentrations of prescription drugs including steroids and hormones and traditional wastewater treatment plants can’t remove these compounds.

What types of medicine do you accept?

  • Unused and/or expired prescription medication and over-the- counter drugs
  • Pet medicine
  • Liquids and creams

Is there anything that I can’t put in the bin?

Where can you take your unwanted/expired medication?

EBMUD has ten locations which accept unwanted/expired residential pharmaceuticals:

  • EBMUD Administration Building, 375 11 th Street, Oakland
  • CA State Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland
  • Oakland Fire Station #3, 1445 14 th Street, Oakland
  • Oakland Fire Station #20, 1401 98 th Street, Oakland
  • United Pharmacy, 2929 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
  • Berkeley Transfer Station, 1201 2 nd Street, Berkeley
  • Alameda Police Department, 1515 Clay Street, Alameda
  • Emeryville Senior Center, 4321 Salem Street, Emeryville
  • Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue, Albany
  • UC Berkeley Tang Center (Pharmacy), 2222 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

What do I do with my expired controlled substances?

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department located at 15001 Foothill Blvd. in San Leandro accepts controlled substances for disposal, no questions asked. 

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