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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
West County Wastewater 2910 Hilltop Drive Richmond Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Must bein an approved sharps container.
Walgreens 670 4th St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 3201 Divisadero St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 199 Parnassus Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
UC Berkeley, University Health Services, Tang Center 2222 Bancroft Ave
Room 115
Berkeley Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-box in pharmacy.
CVS Pharmacy (1550 E 14th St) 1550 E 14th St 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.
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.
CVS (799 Beach St) 799 Beach St San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy (Pleasanton) 7601 Stoneridge Dr
South 1 Pharmacy
Pleasanton Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Drop-off Box inside for needles/syringes in FDA-approved Sharps Containers up to 1 gallon in size.
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 730 Market St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 33 Drumm St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 3398 Mission St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Walgreens 200 West Portal Ave. 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.
Walgreens 1201 Taraval St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Clayton Police Department 6000 Heritage Trail Clayton Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Please place needles/sharps in an authorized sharps container before placing them in the collection receptacle.

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