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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 199 Parnassus Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 33 Drumm St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 4645 Mission St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 1189 Potrero Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 200 West Portal Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 3398 Mission St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 498 Castro St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 1201 Taraval St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 2050 Irving St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 3400 Cesar Chavez St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 500 Geary St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 1300 Bush St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 2100 Webster St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 550 16th Street San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 3601 California St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 500 Parnassus Ave., Level J San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 1301 Franklin St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 2120 Polk St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 1175 Columbus Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 3801 3rd St. Suite 550 San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off

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