Sharps/Medications Disposal

Published on . Last modified on February 2, 2017

If you generate sharps waste at home such as needles and syringes or have a collection of unused or expired medicines here is how you can dispose of these items safely.Syringe & Pills

Prepare sharps waste for safe storage, handling, and safe disposal.

  1. Obtain a sharps container from your local pharmacy or household hazardous waste (HHW) location.
  2. Discard all used or exposed needles, syringes, and lancets in the sharps container.
  3. When the sharps container is 2/3 full, dispose the container at an approved disposal location.

How to prepare unwanted medicines for disposal at Take-Back locations:

  1. Remove pills from original containers and place in a clear zipper bag. Keep liquids and creams in original containers.
  2. If using original containers, remove or black-out all personal information to protect identity.
  3. Then take your unused medications including liquids or creams to an approved disposal location!

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Disposal Locations:

Currently being updated – Call your pharmacy to check to see if they accept sharps or medications

Sharps Drop Off Locations (English / Spanish )

Pharmaceutical Take-Back Locations (English / Spanish)


US Food and Drug Administration

California Department of Public Health 

National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Events by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)