Medicine & Prescription Drugs

Alternative ways to recycle
Hazardous Waste

The following Safe Disposal Sites accept unwanted, unused and expired medications. Medication must be in the original containers, not larger than 5 inches high or 3 inches in diameter. Remove confidential information, leaving only the name of the medication. No illegal drugs.

Truckee Police Department
10183 Truckee Airport Rd. | (530) 550-2323
Map & Directions
Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Eastern Regional Landfill 
By appointment only at Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events.


Don’t Flush Down the Toilet

Drugs dissolve when they are flushed down the toilet and can contaminate drinking water sources.


Always Scratch Out Personal Information

To protect your identity and privacy, scratch out any identifying information before disposing of empty or filled containers. Any empty bottles can be thrown in the trash.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Give to a DEA-Authorized Collector

Some pharmacies and law enforcement offices are registered with the DEA as authorized drug collectors; you can drop-off unused or unwanted drugs at these locations. Find a DEA-authorized disposal location.

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Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program

Select Walgreens locations now have kiosks for safe medication disposal. Find a kiosk here.

Did You Know?

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications - English Video

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications - Spanish Video