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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
Sharps Solutions 3563 Investment Blvd.
Suite 6
Hayward Safe Disposal Pick-up for a Fee Commercial quantity. Prepaid container program.
Richmond Police Department 1701 Regatta Blvd. Richmond Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Must be in an approved sharps container.
CVS Pharmacy (14869 E 14th) 14869 East 14th St San Leandro 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.
Walgreens 3400 Cesar Chavez St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
CVS Pharmacy (344 Thomas L. Berkeley Way) 344 Thomas L. Berkeley Way Oakland Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.
Walgreens 3601 California St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Novo Nordisk 800 Scudders Mill Rd Plainsboro Safe Disposal Free Mail-in Customers who are CA residents can order a free sharps disposal container that comes with a free return shipping label.
Walgreens 2100 Webster St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
CVS Pharmacy (7201 Regional St) 7201 Regional St Dublin Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.
North East Medical Services 1520 Stockon St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 141 Kearny St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
San Ramon Public Safety Complex 2401 Crow Canyon Blvd
(in the Police Department Lobby)
San Ramon Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Please place needles/sharps in an authorized sharps container before placing them in the collection receptacle (kiosk).
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.
Highland Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy 1411 E. 31st St Oakland Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-box inside. Sharps, syringes, needles, auto injectors, prefilled syringes with needle, and lancets should be in a sealed FDA cleared Sharps container.
New Oakland Pharmacy (Lake Merritt) 250 E 18th Street
3rd Floor
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 size.
Walgreens 3801 3rd St. Suite 550 San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 1100 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 2120 Polk St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
CVS Pharmacy (2000 Driscoll Rd) 2000 Driscoll Rd Fremont Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.

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