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Needles & Sharps Disposal

sharps containerNew Sharps Disposal Program!
The Public Works Department has partnered with the Fire Department to provide sharps disposal locations to City of Riverside Residents.

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It is unlawful to put medical sharps such as hypodermic needles, lancets, pen needles, etc. into curbside collection recycle or trash containers.

The police department coordinates with the DEA twice a year to collect medications. Medications CANNOT be accepted by the fire department, please refer to the
medications/pharmaceuticals page for information on disposal of unwanted/expired medications or medical equipment.

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Business-Generated Sharps

Needles and sharp waste that is
generated at a place of business, or as a result of a
service provided by a business, must be properly disposed of
by the business that generated or collected the waste.

Businesses such as hospitals, clinics, and other smaller businesses generating sharps should contact the California Department of Public Health’s

Medical Waste Management Program
for information on how to manage that waste under

California’s Medical Waste Management Act

Businesses generating small amounts of sharps waste may find

mail-back services
to be most cost-effective compared to contracting with an authorized

medical waste transporter
. Otherwise, you can also contact your city or county household hazardous waste (HHW) facility to see if they accept conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) waste (i.e., small business waste) for a fee.

California Department of Public Health
Medical Waste Management Program
P.O. Box 997377, MS 7405
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

Inquiries to the MWMP may be sent via e-mail to:
Me[email protected]

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Sharps Collection Locations (Residential)

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Approved Containers

City of Riverside residents may dispose of sharps at any
one of the sharps program collection locations as long as
their sharps are within an appropriate sealed container.

biohazard drum
Approved Sharps Containers

  • Sharps must be in a sharps disposal container or in a hard sided PLASTIC container like a bleach or laundry detergent bottle with a secure lid.
  • Containers that held a food product are not appropriate
    for use.
  • The sharps container must have a label that states “Biohazard” with a secure lid. Residents can print their own biohazard label from home by clicking


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Alternative Disposal Locations

LocationAddressCollection Times
Riverside County Hazardous Waste Facility1780 Agua Mansa Road
Riverside, CA 92509
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Every Non-Holiday Saturday

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