San Francisco Department of the Environment

Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance for Producers

As of July 25, 2016, all Producers who sell medicine into San Francisco must be a participant in an approved Stewardship Plan


Adopted Regulations for the Ordinance

The Department of the Environment adopted the following regulations to detail the minimum requirements for the design, effectiveness, and coordination of the outreach activities required by the Ordinance.

Ordinance Fee Schedule

At its June 10, 2020  meeting, the San Francisco Commission on the Environment approved a revised hourly Plan Review Fee and a revised Annual Operating Fee to recover the Department of the Environment's costs of administering and enforcing the Ordinance. A Plan Operator or a Stewardship Organization may remit the fees on behalf of the Producers participating in their Plan. 

Requirements for Producers Who Want to Change Plans

After one full year of participation in a Plan approved by the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Producers may change to a different approved plan under Section 2203(g) of the Ordinance.   You must notify the Department of your intention to change Plans.  Producers may notify the Department by submitting a signed Notice of Plan Operator Change (PDF) to [email protected].  Producers who manufacture one or more covered drugs sold into San Francisco must remain a participant of a Plan approved by the Department at all times.


Additional Resources

Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance (PDF)
Terms Defined in the Ordinance (PDF)
Ordinance Factsheet (PDF)
SFPUC General Manager Order (PDF)
Ordinance Implementation Timeline (PDF)
California Product Stewardship Council's list of resources
Safe Medicine Disposal Policy