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Needles and Sharps

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

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Please click HERE for the NEW Sharps Flyer

Needles and sharp waste that is generated at a place of business, or as a result for a service provided by a business, must be properly disposed of by the business that generated or collected the waste. Businesses can find medical waste service providers that offer needle and sharp disposal services in the yellow pages . Riverside County landfills will accept sharp waste from businesses that have been preapproved through the Department’s Medical Waste Acceptance Policy. A copy of the policy may be obtained by calling (951) 486-3200.
 
sharpsBeginning 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.

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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 at http://www.rcwaste.org/opencms/hhw/pdf/labels.pdf

Preprinted labels are available at HHW collection facilities and events or by calling (951) 486-3200

  • Pharmaceuticals are NOT accepted at the locations below. For proper disposal of medications, click HERE.

  • 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.

Sharps Kiosk Locations
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. sharps kiosk
 
Site Name Address Operating Hours
Riverside County Department of Waste
Resources' Warehouse
14290 Frederick Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Available 24 hours daily
Lamb Canyon Landfill
16411 Lamb Canyon Road
Beaumont, CA 92223
Open Monday through Saturday
6:00 am to 4:30 pm
See flyer for closure dates.
  
 
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities and Events **FREE**
The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources offers several outlets for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), including needles and sharps. This services provides residents of Riverside County a FREE and environmentally safe way to properly dispose or recycle household hazardous waste. Click HERE to download the Master Program Schedule, or use one of the links below to take you directly to either a list of HHW Facilities or HHW Events. 
Regional Permanent HHW Facilities
Riverside County operates permanent HHW facilities that offer service on a regular basis.
To find the location and hours of a permanent facility near you, visit http://www.rcwaste.org/opencms/hhw/schedule.html#facility
Temporary HHW Collection Events
Riverside County operates 1-day and 2-day HHW Collection Events throughout the year.
To find the location and hours of an event near you, visit http://www.rcwaste.org/opencms/hhw/schedule.html#event
 
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
Website
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
(800)-449-7587
City of Riverside
(951) 826-5311
Contact your local City Hall for additional Sharps collection programs.
**FREE**
 
Additional Disposal Locations
CalRecycle Sharps & Medication Disposal Directory
Mail-Back Service
A list of sharps waste mail-back services authorized for use in California may be found at: 
Hospital or Pharmacy Take Back
Please contact your local hospital or pharmacy for more information.
Earth911 
 

This information above is offered as a public service in an effort to eliminate illegal and improper waste disposal. As the information may not be comprehensive, the Department encourages the public to research additional companies that are available for the services sought. The companies are not affiliated, endorsed or regulated by the Department. Accordingly, as with any professional service, please confirm the accuracy of the company’s information and request copies or verification of the company's license and/or permits to provide the service, prior to utilizing its services. Under no circumstances, directly or indirectly, shall the Department be held responsible or liable for reliance on this information. If you would like to include your company on the list, please contact wasteapproval@rcwaste.org or call (951) 486-3200.
 
 

 



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