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.

New Proposed Stewardship Plan and Public Comment Period

The Department has received a revised Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Plan proposal, dated August 27, 2020, from Inmar Intelligence.  The Department is accepting public comment on the proposed Inmar Plan (PDF), as required by Section 2211(b) of the Ordinance. Please address comments to [email protected] The deadline for public comments is Friday, October 30th at 5 PM. 

Current Approved Plan

Medicine collection kiosks are now operational under the MED-Project stewardship program at 44 locations, with additional kiosks expected to be installed throughout 2020. 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 833.633.7765 or (833) MED-PROJECT. 

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)