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
- 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.
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 will be relocated to the Badlands Landfill at 31125 Ironwood Avenue. Please refer to the sharps brochure for more details.**
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.
Contact your local City Hall for additional Sharps collection programs.