Needles, Syringes or Lancets
California State law Section 118286 of the California Health and Safety Code makes it illegal to dispose of sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers, and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container.
Home-Generated Sharps Waste:
- Hypodermic needles,
- Pen needles, intravenous needles,
- Other devices that are used to penetrate the skin, for the delivery of medications
Health Care Provider:
If you belong to a medical health care provider please contact them to find out availability for disposal at their locations. Kaiser Permanente, Mills-Peninsula Hospital, Sequoia Hospital and some private physicians already accept home-generated sharps from their patients. Additionally, ReThink Waste and BlueLine Transfer Station accept home-generated sharps from its residential customers.
San Mateo County Health System Sharps Collection:
County-sponsored locations for proper disposal of home-generated syringes and other medical sharps, such as lancets used by those monitoring blood sugar levels. Secured steel disposal bins have been installed at five locations in the county, allowing anyone to drop off their filled, sharps containers as medical waste.
State law requires all syringes and sharps to be in authorized sharps containers.
The county’s disposal bins are designed to accept sharps containers up to one gallon in size.
San Mateo County Clinic
Daly City Clinic
380 90th Street
|Fair Oaks Clinic||2710 Middlefield Road||Redwood City|
|795 Willow Road||Menlo Park|
San Mateo Medical Center
|222 West 39th Avenue||San Mateo|
|San Mateo County||32 Tower Rd||San Mateo|
Blue Line Transfer
500 East Jamie Court
South San Francisco
|Recology of the Coast Recycle Yard||1046 Palmetto Ave||Pacifica|
Sharps Disposal Bin: