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?
- We do not accept controlled substances (narcotics) i.e. Vicodin, Oxycodone, Morphine. See list of common controlled substances that are not accepted.
- We do not accept vitamins, please dispose of those in the trash.
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.