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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 550 16th Street San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Mission Pharmacy 22138 Mission Blvd Hayward Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.
Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution (Shattuck Ave) 3124 Shattuck Ave Berkeley Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Republic Services, Inc. Mail Back Service 42600 Boyce Rd Fremont Safe Disposal Mail-in for a Fee Includes razor blades, tattoo needles and piercing devices. - Sharps Mail-in program
Stericycle (Hayward) 30542 San Antonio St Hayward Safe Disposal Pick-up for a Fee Mailback Kits for homes
Walgreens 500 Geary St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 2690 Mission St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 1899 Fillmore St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
AHF Pharmacy 4071 18th St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Pickup a FREE empty sharps collection container, fill it up, and return to any participating SF pharmacy. Loose needles cannot be accepted.
Access Pharmacy 2693 Fruitvale Ave Oakland Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Kiosk inside. Sharps, syringes, needles, auto injectors, prefilled syringes with needle, and lancets should be in a sealed FDA cleared Sharps container. 1g max container size.
MedWaste Management 5830 W. 3rd St
Unit 331
Los Angeles Safe Disposal Pick-up for a Fee
Walgreens 1175 Columbus Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
New Oakland Pharmacy (333 9th St) 333 9th St
b/t Webster St & Franklin St
Oakland Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.
Waste Management, Inc. - MedWaste Tracker™ Sharps Return-Mail System 1001 Fannin
Suite 4000
Houston Safe Disposal Pick-up for a Fee Seal syringes and lancets in the provided protective sharps container. Small amounts and commercial volumes
City of Palo Alto Household Hazardous Waste Station Program 2501 Embarcadero Way Palo Alto Safe Disposal Free Drop-off, Drop-off for a Fee For commercial hazardous waste information, call the City's hazardous waste contractor (Clean Harbors) at 800-433-5060.,Must be in a rigid container with a sealed lid.
Walgreens 500 Parnassus Ave., Level J San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 275 Sacramento St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 1979 Mission St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Facility 501 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds per day of all household hazardous waste. San Francisco residents only. Address verification required. Open Thursday-Saturday only from 8am-4pm.
Native American Health Center (Seven Directions) 2950 International Blvd Oakland Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Sharps Kiosk inside for approved sharps containers.

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