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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
Piedmont Police Department 403 Highland Avenue Piedmont Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Safe Disposal Free Drop-off HHW drop-off for residents only
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.
Reliable Rexall Sunset Pharmacy 801 Irving St San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Republic Services, Inc. Mail Back Service Safe Disposal Paid Pick-up Includes razor blades, tattoo needles and piercing devices. - Sharps Mail-in program
Richmond Annex Senior Center 5801 Huntington Avenue Richmond Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Must be in approved sharps container.
Richmond Fire Department Station #63 5201 Valley View Rd. El Sobrante Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Must be in approved sharps container.
Richmond Police Department 1701 Regatta Blvd. Richmond Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Must be in an approved sharps container.
Safeway Pharmacy 2020 Market Street San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
San Ramon Fire District 1500 Bollinger Canyon Rd. San Ramon Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Please place needles/sharps in an authorized sharps container before placing them in the collection receptacle.
Sharps Solutions 3563 Investment Blvd.
Suite 6
Hayward Safe Disposal Paid Pick-up Commercial quantity. Prepaid container program.
Shoreway Environmental Center (SEC) 333 Shoreway Road San Carlos Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Public Recycling Center. Must be in an authorized Sharps container.
SMaRT Station 301 Carl Rd Sunnyvale Safe Disposal Free Drop-off This item is hazardous and must be disposed of properly. Place sharps in biohazard or hard plastic container with screw-top lid marked \"sharps\".
Stericycle (Hayward) 30542 San Antonio St Hayward Safe Disposal Paid Pick-up Mailback Kits for homes
Stericycle (San Jose) 189 Stauffer Blvd San Jose Safe Disposal Paid Pick-up Mailback Kits for homes
Ted's Drugs 27453 Hesperian Blvd Hayward 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. 1g max size container.
Tennyson Pharmacy 589 W Tennyson Rd Hayward Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.
UC Berkeley, University Health Services, Tang Center 2222 Bancroft Ave
Room 115
Berkeley Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-box in pharmacy.
Veolia Environmental Services 1125 Hensley St Richmond Safe Disposal Paid Mail-in
Visitacion Valley Pharmacy 100 Leland Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off

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