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Household Hazardous Waste

Disposal of Home-Generated Sharps (Needles, Syringes and Lancets)

Photo of Sharps Disposal Containers As of September 1, 2008, California State Law prohibits throwing away sharps in the regular trash.

What are Sharps?

  • Needles and Syringes
  • Lancets (mainly used for diabetes testing)
  • Other self-injection devices with sharp ends (such as EpiPens)

Why the New Law?

  • Creates a safer home and work environment
  • Less likely to spread germs & diseases often found in sharps
  • Smaller chance of injury

What Do Resident Do?

  • Make sure the sharps are kept in a closed sharps container or other similar plastic or metal puncture-resistant container with tight-fitting lid.
  • See if your health care provider, hospital or pharmacy has a take-back program.
  • Find out about mail-back programs from your physician or online at the California Department of Public Health (Fees apply).
  • Take your sharps to an approved drop-off collection site or a household hazardous waste facility. For City of San Diego residents, when container is ¾ full, tape closed, label "Sharps," and make an appointment to drop containers off at the Household Hazardous Waste Transfer Facility.

What Do Businesses Do?

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