San Francisco Department of the Environment

Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance (PDF) on March 17, 2015, with an Effective Date of April 25, 2015. The Ordinance factsheet (PDF) provides additional information on the background and requirements of the Ordinance.

Public Comment Period for Revised Product Stewardship Plan

The Department of the Environment is seeking comments from the public on MED-Project’s revised Product Stewardship Plan, dated November 1, 2018. The 30-day public comment period begins April 15, 2019 and ends May 15, 2019. More information, including the revised Product Stewardship Plan, Notice of Public Comment Period, and the Department of the Environment’s plan review documents, is available below.

Ordinance Implementation

Medicine collection kiosks are now operational under the MED-Project stewardship program at 44 locations, with additional kiosks expected to be installed throughout 2019. Mail-back envelope distribution locations, where San Francisco residents may pick up a free, prepaid standard medicine mail-back envelope are also available. Pre-Filled Injector Products, such as EpiPens©, cannot be disposed in kiosks. Free prepaid mail-back packages for Pre-Filled Injector Products are available by request online or by calling 844.633.7765.

  • San Francisco MED-Project Revised Stewardship Plan Dated May 31, 2018 Approved

Notice of Determination (PDF) - July 3, 2018

Revised MED-Project Product Stewardship Plan (PDF) - May 31, 2018

             Regulation #SFE-16-01SDDSO (PDF) - effective July 25, 2016

  • Collection Model Modification Submitted and Approved

             Revised Notice of Determination (PDF) - December 16, 2016

             Collection Model Modification Request (PDF) - October 19, 2016

  • San Francisco MED-Project Stewardship Plan Approved

             Notice of Determination (PDF) - July 25, 2016

             Revised MED-Project Stewardship Plan (PDF) - July 14, 2016

             MED-Project Stewardship Plan (PDF) - April 25, 2016

Ordinance Requirements for: 

Additional Resources

Safe Drug Disposal for Residents
Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance (PDF)
Ordinance Factsheet (PDF)
Regulations for Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance (PDF)
SFPUC General Manager Order (PDF)
Safe Medicine Disposal Policy - Information and Resources
Safe medicine disposal locations for residents
Safe medicine disposal for clinics, pharmacies, and medical offices (SF Dept. of Public Health)