San Francisco Environment Department

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 Proposed MED-Project Stewardship Plan

The Environment Department is seeking comments from the public on MED-Project's proposed Product Stewardship Plan for Household Pharmaceutical Waste dated October 25, 2022. The 30-day public comment period begins November 21, 2022 and ends December 23, 2022. More information, including the proposed Product Stewardship Plan and Notice of Public Comment Period, is available below.

Current Program

Medicine collection kiosks are operational under the Inmar Intelligence and MED-Project stewardship programs. Inmar and MED-Project are both supplementing the medicine collection kiosk sites with mail-back envelope distribution locations, where San Francisco residents can pick up a free, prepaid standard medicine mail-back envelope (for pill, liquid, and cream medicine formulations). Pre-filled injector products, such as EpiPens©, cannot be disposed in kiosks. Free prepaid mail-back packages for Pre-filled injector products are available at no cost by request online or by calling 844.633.7765. 

Approved Plan Documents

Program Reports


Plan Approval History

Ordinance Requirements for: 

Additional Resources

Safe Drug Disposal Locations 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 for Clinics, Pharmacies, and Medical Offices (SF Dept. of Public Health)

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