National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Locate a site near you.

Requirements for Home-Generated Sharps Waste

Sharps container and needle

Beginning on September 1, 2008, 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.

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

Sharps Waste Disposal

A list of available options for Orange County residents to dispose of their home-generated sharps can be found on the Orange County Waste and Recycling website.

*Effective 9/1/08, the four (4) County HHW Collection Centers will begin accepting sharps.

  • Anaheim — 1071 N. Blue Gum Street Anaheim, CA 92806
  • Huntington Beach — 17121 Nichols Street Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • Irvine — 6411 Oak Canyon Irvine, CA 92618
  • San Juan Capistrano — 32250 La Pata Avenue San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Important Note: Sharps should be contained in a heavy duty, puncture resistant container with a tight fitting lid (examples include plastic detergent bottles, liquid fabric softener bottles, empty bleach bottles, and red sharps containers).

Additional options include contacting your physician to see if they will accept them or obtaining a sharps mail back container from your pharmacy. You may also purchase the mail-back containers online. Click here for a list of approved mail-back services..

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