What should you flush? Only human waste and toilet paper.
Not...Wipes, Diapers, or Feminine Hygiene Products
Please never flush wipes, diapers, or feminine hygiene products, even if they are labeled “flushable.” These products do not disintegrate in water as quickly as toilet paper and often cause clogs in public sewer mains. Put these items in the trash, not the toilet.
See the results when Consumer Reports and the Water Environment Federation tested so-called flushable products. If wipes can clog large sewer mains, they can definitely clog your home’s sewer lateral, requiring you to pay a plumber to clear the blockage.
Learn more: 15 Things You Should Never, Ever Flush Down a Toilet
Please do not dispose of expired or unused medications in the sink or toilet. Wastewater treatment does not completely remove drugs and traces will end up in the San Francisco Bay. Our community offers many safe disposal options for drugs that protect you, your family, and our waterways.
Combine pills and capsules and seal in a plastic bag. (Recycle the empty bottles in your home recycling cart.) Leave liquids and creams in their original containers (black out personal information) and seal in a plastic bag.
- Pleasanton Police Department, 4833 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton (drop-box in 24-hour lobby)
- Dublin Police Services holds drug take-back days twice a year
- San Ramon Police Department, 2401 Crow Canyon Rd., San Ramon
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facilities accept non-controlled drugs only. For information about other Alameda County disposal locations visit Alameda County Environmental Health or StopWaste.org.
*Controlled drugs include sleeping pills, pain killers, behavioral drugs, cough syrup with codeine, and other drugs with great potential for abuse or addiction (see complete list).
- Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facilities
- San Ramon Fire District, 1500 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon
- Drug company take-back programs: ask your doctor or see product packaging or website
- Sharps mail-back programs: MedPro, Sharps, Inc.
These options are for home-generated drugs and sharps only. State law requires businesses to use a licensed medical waste hauler.
Not...Hazardous Household Chemicals
Never dump these hazardous wastes into the trash, sink, toilet, gutter, or storm drain:
- Batteries, fluorescent lights bulbs and tubes, mercury thermometers, and thermostats
- Solvent-based glue, paint, strippers, wood preservatives, and nail polish
- Antifreeze, engine cleaners and degreasers, gasoline, and motor oil
- Fertilizers and pesticides
- Pool and spa water and pool chemicals
Many common products contain hazardous chemicals that can pollute our groundwater, creeks, rivers, and bays. Visit the websites below to learn how to safely recycle or dispose of household hazardous waste.