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Needles & Syringes

A needle and syringe is a common delivery system for injectable medicines and other drugs, such as used diabetic test lancets and used or unused needles which are collectively called sharps.

Household Hazardous Waste

This item should never be put in a curbside bin. For more information visit our household hazardous waste page.

It is illegal for needles and other sharps to be placed into trash or recycling containers. People hand sort at the start of the recycling process; keep them safe by not placing used needles in plastic containers and putting them in your recycling bin.

Sharps, syringes, needles, auto injectors, prefilled syringes with needle, and lancets should be in a sealed FDA cleared Sharps container. Sharps containers are available in most drug stores and from mail order & internet ecommerce sources. Kiosks in pharmacies, Hospitals and Police Departments can accept Sharps containers up to 1 gallon in size. HHW Facilities accept larger sharps containers.

Sharps containers are available in most drug stores and from mail order & internet e-commerce sources.

Free Mail-back containers mailed directly to your home are available by calling 1-844-633-7765 or visiting med-project.org, choose "Mail Back" to fill out an on-line order form. Novo Nordisk also has a free Mail-back container service for their customers: 1-877-438-0564.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Walgreens 3001 Taraval St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Kaiser Medical Offices Pharmacy (Dublin) 3100 Dublin Blvd Dublin Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-box inside.
CVS Pharmacy (699 Lewelling Blvd) 699 Lewelling Blvd San Leandro Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.
CVS (499 Haight St) 499 Haight St San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Capsule Pharmacy 2557 Mowry Ave
Suite 11
Fremont Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy 925 Cole St San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
West County Wastewater 2910 Hilltop Drive Richmond Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Must bein an approved sharps container.
Walgreens 1189 Potrero Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Alamo Sheriff's Substation 150 Alamo Plaza
Suite C
Alamo Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Needles & Syringes must be in approved container and can be placed in the needles drop box.
Walgreens 670 4th St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 3201 Divisadero St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 33 Drumm St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 199 Parnassus Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
CVS Pharmacy (Newark) 35080 Newark Blvd Newark Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Sharps, syringes, needles, auto injectors, prefilled syringes with needle, and lancets should be in a sealed FDA cleared Sharps container. Sharps containers are available in most drug stores and from mail order & internet ecommerce sources. Kiosks in pharmacies, Hospitals and Police Departments can accept Sharps containers up to 1 gallon in size.
CVS Pharmacy (7200 Bancroft Ave) 7200 Bancroft Ave Oakland Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.
CVS Pharmacy (Marina Village Pkwy) 931 Marina Village Parkway Alameda Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-box inside
North East Medical Services 1019 Clement Street San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Shoreway Environmental Center (SEC) 333 Shoreway Road San Carlos Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Public Recycling Center. Must be in an authorized Sharps container.
Walnut Creek Fire Station 1050 Walnut Avenue Walnut Creek Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Please place needles/sharps in an authorized sharps container before placing them in the collection receptacle.
Walgreens 1201 Taraval St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off

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