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Your reference guide to local, free drop-off sites for medicines and sharps in Santa Cruz County.

Take your home-generated medicines and sharps to one of the collection sites listed below during business hours. Note that some sites take only sharps or only medicines. Deposit your items in the clearly labeled drop-box at the site or hand your items to pharmacy counter staff or other facility personnel.

In addition to the sites listed below, some medical facilities offer take-back services for their patients. Ask your clinic or your doctor.

*HHW = Household Hazardous Waste Facility

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Aptos
     
Frank’s Pharmacy
7518 Soquel Drive
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 685-1100
  Safeway Pharmacy
16 Rancho Del Mar
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 661-4861
     
CVS Pharmacy
783 Rio Del Mar Boulevard
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 687-0460
   
     
Ben Lomond    
     
Ben Lomond Transfer Station HHW*
9835 Newell Creek Road
Medicines and Sharps
Thurs, 7:30-3:30
(831) 454-2606
   
     
Boulder Creek    
     
Boulder Creek Pharmacy
13081 Central Avenue
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 338-2144
   
     
Capitola    
     
Lauden Pharmacy
1820 41st Avenue, Suite F
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 462-9880
  CVS Pharmacy
809 Bay Avenue
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 475-1421
     
CVS Pharmacy
1750 41st Avenue
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 476-0400
  Capitola Police Department
422 Capitola Avenue
Medicines only
Controlled drugs accepted

Drop-off during lobby hours
(831) 475-4242
     
Felton    
     
CVS Pharmacy
6247 Graham Hill Road
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 335-6403
   
     
Santa Cruz    
     
County Health Center
1080 Emeline Avenue
Sharps Only
24 hour drop-off in outdoor kiosk
(831) 454-4100
  CVS Pharmacy
600 Front Street
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 426-7444
     
CVS Pharmacy
1700 Mission Street
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 457-2481
  Dominican Hospital Plaza Pharmacy
1595 Soquel Drive
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 462-7726
     
Horsnyder Pharmacy
1226A Soquel Avenue
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 423-2315
  Resource Recovery Facility HHW*
605 Dimeo Lane
Medicines and Sharps
Sat, 7:30-3:30
(831) 454-2606
     
Safeway Pharmacy
2203 Mission Street
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 420-0785
  Safeway Pharmacy
117 Morrissey Boulevard
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 426-8911
     
Santa Cruz Police Department
155 Center Street
Medicines only
Drop-off during business hours
(831) 420-5870
  UCSC Cowell Health Center Pharmacy
McLaughlin Drive
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during business hours
(831) 459-1407
     
UC Santa Cruz Police Department
114 Carriage House Road
Medicines only
Controlled drugs accepted

24-hour drop-off
(831) 459-2231
  Walgreens
201 Front Street
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 421-9142
     
Walgreens
1718 Soquel Avenue
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 425-3911
  Westside Pharmacy
1401 Mission Street
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 423-7175
     
Scotts Valley    
     
CVS Pharmacy
257 Mount Hermon Road
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 438-5920
  Scotts Valley Medical Clinic
2980 El Rancho Drive
Medicines Only
Drop-off during business hours
(831) 438-1430
     
Scotts Valley Police Department
1 Civic Center Drive
Medicines Only
Controlled drugs accepted

24-hour drop-off
(831) 440-5670
  Walgreens
210 Mount Hermon Road
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 430-9113
   
     
Soquel    
     
Safeway Pharmacy
2720 41st Avenue
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 477-7217
 
     
Watsonville    
     
Buena Vista Landfill HHW*
1231 Buena Vista Drive
Medicines and Sharps
Wed, Fri & Sat, 7:30-3:30
(831) 454-2606
   County Health Center
9 Crestview Drive
Sharps Only
24 hour drop-off in outdoor kiosk
(831) 763-8400
     
CVS Pharmacy
1966 Main Street
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 722-1782
  CVS Pharmacy
490 Rodriguez Street
Sharps only
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 722-9454
     
Valle Verde Pharmacy
240 Green Valley Road
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 728-2239
  Walgreens
1810 Freedom Boulevard
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 768-0183
     
Waste & Recycling Drop-off HHW*
320 Harvest Drive
Medicines and Sharps
2nd Sat, 9-3:30
(831) 768-3133
  Watsonville Pharmacy
1433 Freedom Boulevard
Medicines and Sharps
Drop-off during store hours
(831) 728-1818
   
Watsonville Police Department
215 Union Street
Medicines only
Controlled drugs accepted

24-hour drop-off
(831) 768-3300

Updated 9/19/2013

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