Needles and Sharps Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains Hazardous Waste As of a 2008 California law, it is illegal to dispose of sharps waste in the trash or recycling. How to Dispose of Sharps Waste 1. Purchase an approved bio-hazard sharps container from a local pharmacy or utilize a state-approved mail-back service. 2. Drop off sharps at a collection facility. REMEMBER: Sharps must be transported in an approved bio-hazard container. Where do I purchase an approved bio-hazard container? Rite Aid Pharmacy11230 Donner Pass Road | (530) 587-5296Map & Directions CVS Drug Store & Pharmacy11411 Deerfield Drive | (530) 587-5775Map & Directions Tahoe Forest Pharmacy10956 Donner Pass Road | (530) 587-7607Map & Directions Where do I drop off my sharps for free disposal? Eastern Regional Landfill accepts home-generated sharps waste from area residents free of charge. Sharps must be delivered in an approved bio-hazard sharps container Tuesday – Saturday 8am – 4pm. Tahoe Forest Pharmacy accepts sharps waste only from their patients. Return your sharps waste when refilling your prescription. Where do I locate a certified mail-back service provider? The following mail-back services are authorized for use in California by the California Department of Public Health. Note that many of these services provide mail back kits, which is a simple way to manage all of your home-generated sharps waste. EnviroMed Safety & Complianceenviromedinc.com | (877) 340-2430 XMED Disposal, Inc.xmeddisposal.com | (866) 735-9709 GRP & Associatessharpsdisposal.com | (800) 207-0976 Medasend, Inc.medasend.com | (800) 200-3581 Sharps Compliance, Inc.sharpsinc.com | (800) 772-5657 Stericycle, Inc.stericycle.com WCMwcminc.net | (866) 436-9264 Do Not Recap Do not put needle caps back on needles to avoid injuring yourself from needle pricks. Never Throw Away Do not throw needles or sharps in the trash in order to protect sanitation workers, trash haulers, friends and family from needle pricks. Needle pricks put them at risk of infection and injury. Use Only Sharps Containers for Disposal To dispose of needles and sharps, place them in sharps containers and bring them to a designated sharps disposal facility. What Is Considered a Sharp? All of the following must be disposed of as sharps waste: hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets and other devices that are used to break the skin of people and animals. Alternative Ways to Recycle Mail-Back Programs for Injectable Pharmaceuticals Mail used sharps and pens back to the manufacturer of injectable pharmaceuticals. The following manufacturers accept sharps waste generated from their products: Cimzia® (UCB), Enbrel® (Amgen), Humera® (AbbVie), Neulasta® (Amgen), Novo Nordisk, Orencia® (Bristol-Myers) and Simponi® (Janssen Biotech, Inc.). Stericycle® Mail Service for Home Sharps Stericycle runs a sharps container mail-back service for small quantity generators of waste. They include bar-coded waste shipping containers, prepaid and pre-addressed shipping labels and prepaid disposal and tracking. Find out more. Republic Services Mail-Back Service Republic Services offers a mail-back service for managing home-generated medical waste. Find out more. MedPro Mail-Back Disposal MedPro offers various sizes of mail-back sharps disposal systems, starting with 1.2 gallon containers. All containers are mailed to recipients via USPS with a prepaid return slip and proof of destruction manifest. Find out more. GRP Mail-Back Sharps Container GRP and Associates offer a mail-back sharps disposal service. They will mail you a sharps container, which you package and mail-back to them. Find out more. Ways to Reduce Return Unused Sharps to a Needle Exchange Program Instead of dropping off unopened sharps at a disposal facility, consider taking them to a needle exchange program. Find the nearest program. Did You Know? How Sharps Affect Sanitation Workers Disposing of sharps isn’t always convenient. At the same time, sharps in the trash and recycling pose a huge health risk to sanitation workers. If workers come across a needle hidden in trash, they can get struck and have to wait up to a year to know if they’ve contracted a blood-borne virus, such as hepatitis B.