Household Hazardous Waste
Disposal of Home-Generated Sharps (Needles, Syringes and Lancets)
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?