Published on: 1/22/2015 10:35 AM
State law prohibits a person from placing home-generated sharps in their trash or recycling containers. Home-generated sharps are defined as disposable hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets, and other medical devices used for self-injection or blood test. To safely dispose of your used home-generated sharps, place them in a biohazard sharps container and contact your personal physician, clinic administrator, or pharmacist and ask if they have a take-back program in place. If you purchase sharps on-line, please remember to request a pre-addressed, prepaid mail-back box for your used sharps. The Countywide Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program also accepts home-generated sharps as well as many pharmacies throughout the County.
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Properly disposing of your used sharps will help protect your family, community, the public and environment. Please remember ALL SHARPS MUST BE IN APPROVED SHARPS CONTAINERS. DO NOT THROW THEM IN THE TRASH.
Definition of approved containers:
Container must be rigid, puncture resistant,
unbreakable, leak resistant with a tightly
sealed lid and labeled "Sharps Waste" or with
the International Biohazard label.
No glass jars, soda bottles, or milk jugs are
accepted. (These containers are not