San Francisco Department of the Environment

Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance for Retailers

Section 2203(d) of the Ordinance requires that each San Francisco retail pharmacy whose label appears on a Covered Drug or the Covered Drug’s packaging must provide a list of the manufacturers of those covered drugs. Retail pharmacies must also provide a written notification as to whether each of these manufacturers intends to participate in a Stewardship Plan. This information is due within six months after the effective date of the Ordinance, and only upon request thereafter.

The neighboring counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Marin have each passed a similar local ordinance. Although each county has a separate and independent ordinance, all four ordinances have the same goal and the same requirements for retailers. The four counties are working together to streamline compliance activities. Companies are encouraged to make one common submittal to all applicable counties through this page. 

  • Download the Retailer Submittal Template (Excel), and populate your list of producers of covered drugs that you sell into the four counties.
  • Submit your list in Microsoft Excel by attaching it to the form below. Check the box(es) for the county(ies). 
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For any other questions, please email us at [email protected].

Volunteer to be A Collection Site

ALL PHARMACIES, whether they sell Covered Drugs under their own label or not, are encouraged to volunteer to participate as a collection site for unwanted and unused medicines from San Francisco homes. The Ordinance requires that any retail pharmacy who wishes to volunteer must be included in a Stewardship Plan.

YES! My pharmacy is interested in participating as a Safe Medicine Disposal collection site. Please give my information to Stewardship Plans.


Additional Resources

Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance (PDF)
Terms Defined in the Ordinance (PDF)
Ordinance Factsheet (PDF)
Ordinance Implementation Timeline (PDF)
Information and Resources on Safe Medicine Disposal Policy

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