New Medicine Disposal Location in San Mateo County

New Walgreens medicine disposal bin in Burlingame.

New Walgreens medicine disposal bin in Burlingame.

Do you have unwanted medicine just sitting in your medicine cabinet that you’re not quite sure how to get rid of?

San Mateo County is excited to announce that Walgreens is helping promote the proper disposal and management of unused and expired medicines by setting up a new disposal bin at their location in Burlingame at 260 El Camino Real. But before you pay the bin a visit, we encourage you to call for pharmacy hours of operation first.

We are excited that Walgreens is helping residents dispose of medicine properly because flushing pills down the toilet or drain, or throwing them in the trash can lead to contaminated waterways and damage our municipal water systems.

If the Walgreens in Burlingame isn’t near you, San Mateo County has medicine collection bins at 13 police stations throughout the County. Drop-off is free and locations can be found below.

Belmont Police Department
One Twin Pines Lane, Belmont, CA
(650) 595-7400

Brisbane Police Department
50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA
(415) 467-1212

Burlingame Police Department
1111 Trousdale Drive
Burlingame, CA
(650) 777-4100

Daly City
Daly City Police Department
333 90th Street
Daly City, CA
(650) 991-8119

Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay Police Dept.
537 Kelly Ave
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1719
(650) 726-8288

Hillsborough Police Department
1600 Floribunda Avenue
Hillsborough, CA
(650) 375-7400

Millbrae Police Bureau
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
581 Magnolia Avenue
Millbrae, CA
(650) 259-2300

Moss Beach
San Mateo County Sheriff’s
North Coast Sub-Station
500 California Avenue
Moss Beach, CA
(650) 573-2801
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F

Pacifica Police Department
2075 Coast Highway
Pacifica, CA
(650) 738-7314

Redwood City
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
400 County Center, Third Floor
Redwood City, CA
(650) 599-1536

San Bruno
San Bruno Police Department
1117 Huntington Avenue
San Bruno, CA
(650) 616-7100

San Carlos
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
San Carlos Police Bureau
600 Elm Street
San Carlos, CA
(650) 802-4277

San Mateo
San Mateo Police Department
200 Franklin Parkway
San Mateo, CA
(650) 522-7710

South San Francisco
South San Francisco Police Department
33 Arroyo Drive, Suite C
South San Francisco, CA
(650) 877-8900

Be sure to check the website and call first to confirm hours of operation, and to make sure there is room in the container for your medicine.

A disposal bin at Walgreens is only the beginning. Additional disposal bins will be coming to more locations as a result of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors passing a Safe Medicine Disposal Ordinance in 2015 intended to expand the locations of free medicine disposal in our communities.

All these efforts by government and businesses throughout the County will help prevent medicine from ending up in the wrong hands due to improper storage, and protect the environment from improper disposal. This expanded program is anticipated to be in effect by the end of this year. In the meantime, the police stations will continue to collect medicine from the public.

For more information about the upcoming expanded program, or other medicine disposal programs throughout the Bay Area, check out our website at:



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