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Residential Medication Disposal

Please don’t flush medicines down the toilet any more! A recent study shows that 80% of US streams contain small amounts of pharmaceuticals. Sewage systems cannot remove these substances from water that is then released into lakes, rivers, or oceans, affecting fish and other aquatic animals. Very small amounts of medicine have even been found in drinking water.

In Santa Barbara County, "Operation Medicine Cabinet" provides safe disposal of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter household medications. You can place medicines in a baggie and recycle the containers, or keep medications in their original containers but remove or scratch out all personal information.

Medication Drop-off Locations

The drop boxes listed below do accept Controlled Substances.(Drop-off boxes are similar to post office public mailboxes that do not allow removal except by authorized personnel.)

Business Name Phone Address
SB Police Department Lobby  805-897-2300 

215 E. Figueroa St.
Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Sheriff's Station 805-681-4100 4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA

Residential Needles & Sharps Disposal

It is illegal to place sharps or sharps containers in trash or recycling containers.

Mail In Sharps Disposal

Under the new trash contract, Santa Barbara residents are entitled to  receive free mail-in medical sharps containers.
For more details or to request a container be brought to your home, please contact MarBorg at (805) 963-1852.

 

Sharps Drop-off Locations

The following sites are free for residential dropoff unless otherwise indicated.  Sharps must be placed in approved collection containers. Cans and plastic milk jugs are NOT appropriate containers and will not be accepted. Many drop-off locations have proper containers available.

Business Name Hours Phone Address
Santa Barbara County Clinical Laboratory Mon - Fri, 8:00 - 12:00, 1:00 - 5:00 (805) 681-5380 315 Camino Del Remedio, Room 117
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara County Health Clinic-Franklin Center Mon - Fri, 7:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 5:00 (805) 568-2099 1136 East Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA
(downtown)
Caldwell Pharmacy ($5 fee per full container, various fees for replacement containers) Mon - Fri 9:00 – 6:00
Sat 9:00 – 1:00
(805) 682-7353 235 W. Pueblo St
Santa Barbara, CA

Business Medication & Sharps Disposal

Hospitals, clinics, medical practices, acupuncturists, pathology labs, convalescent homes, group homes, nursing facilities, hospices, and veterinary hospitals must use commercial disposal companies. Search on the internet for "sharps disposal" or "medication disposal" for options.

Thermometers & Blood Pressure Cuffs

Older thermometers and blood pressure cuffs contain mercury, which is a heavy metal and hazardous to your health. Newer, digital thermometers do not contain mercury, but must be recycled with the electronics. Bring all mercury devices to the Community Household Hazardous Waste Site at UCSB (link to Hazardous Waste section on the Special Waste page).

If you have broken a thermometer and mercury pours out, you must recover all of the droplets and place in an airtight container without touching it. If vacuumed, placed in the trash, or left uncollected, the mercury will evaporate and you will breathe it in.

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2016