Residentally Generated Needles and Sharps

Beginning on September 1, 2008, state law (Section 118286 of the California Health and Safety Code) makes it illegal to dispose of home-generated sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers, and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in a sharps container approved by the local enforcement agency.

Home generated sharps must be placed in an approved container and brought to a Sharps Kiosk or Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility or event for FREE disposal, or disposed of at an alternative approved location. Residents can use a store bought biohazard container with a secured lid or make their own approved container using the instructions to the right.  

Section 117671 of the California Health and Safety code defines “home-generated sharps waste” as hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications derived from a household, including a multifamily residence or household.

Make Your Own Sharps Container

Make Your Own Sharps Container


  • Use 1-gallon in size or smaller hard sided plastic containers such as a bleach or laundry detergent bottle with a secure lid.  Do not use food product containers.
  • Place a label on both sides of the container that identifies "Biohazard".
  • Place your used needles, syringes, and lancets into the container.
  • When full, secure the lid and tape the container closed.
  • You can print FREE biohazard labels
  • Preprinted labels are available at HHW collection facilities and events or by calling (951) 486-3200

Disposal Locations

  • DO NOT bring loose needles or needles in plastic bags to collection sites.
  • DO NOT dispose of sharps in any curbside recycling or waste container.
  • Business or Commercial needles and sharps waste are NOT permitted at these locations.
  • Sharps containers should be 1-gallon in size or smaller in order to fit in the kiosk and HHW collection containers.

Riverside County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities/Events **FREE**

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources offers several outlets for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), including needles and sharps. This service provides residents of Riverside County a FREE and environmentally safe way to properly dispose or recycle household hazardous waste. Click HERE for the HHW Flyer.

Sharps Kiosk Locations **FREE**

The Department received a grant from CalRecycle for kiosks to collect home generated sharps at two locations. These kiosks are operated by the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources. The Sharps Flyer includes locations and hours for disposal. ** Effective January 2, 2020, the Moreno Valley sharps kiosk located at 14290 Frederick Street has been relocated to the Badlands Landfill at 31125 Ironwood Avenue. Please refer to the sharps brochure for more details.**

Safe Free Sharps Disposal 

EliminaciĆ³n Segura de Objetos Punzantes 


Additional Needle and Sharps Services Provided by Other Agencies

Additional needle and sharps services are available to residents in the following cities. Proof of residency is required for these services.

Agency Name
Phone Number
City of Cathedral City
(760) 770-0369
City of Indio
(760) 625-1815
City of La Quinta
(760) 777-7000
City of Palm Desert
(760)-346-0611 X342
City of Rancho Mirage
City of Riverside
(951) 826-5311

Contact your local City Hall for additional Sharps collection programs.

Additional Disposal Locations
CalRecycle Sharps Disposal Information
Hospital or Pharmacy Take Back
Please contact your local hospital or pharmacy for more information.

Don’t throw your needles or sharps in the trash!!

For business generated sharps - please visit the Business Generated Sharps and Needles page.

Safe Sharps & Medication Disposal
EliminaciĆ³n Segura de Objetos Punzantes
HHW Schedule (Residents Only)