Beginning on Sept. 1, 2008, California state law (H&SC §118286) made it illegal to dispose of home-generated sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers, and required that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in a sharps container approved by the local enforcement agency.
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.
The following are some of the disposal options available to you for disposal of sharps waste:
The California Department of Public Health Medical Waste Management Program is recommending the use of sharps containers approved by the FDA
. After accessing the FDA website, type “sharps” in the search box. The container names will display alphabetically.