SB 1305 revised a section of the State of California Medical Waste Management Act to make it a violation of state law for home-generated sharps waste to be placed in garbage containers, including recycling and green waste containers.
SB 1305 also requires sharps waste be transported in an approved sharps containers and managed by a specified facility (i.e., household hazardous waste facility, medical waste generator facility or a facility managed as part of a mail back program).
Please do not place over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications in the garbage, flush down toilets, or pour in drains. These items contain hazardous substances that can threaten human health and the environment when not disposed of properly. Help protect our water supply by properly disposing of unwanted or expired medications.
Home-generated sharps waste include hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications from a household, including a multifamily residence or household.
Improper disposal of these devices in the trash or down the toilet is a health and safety threat to children, home health care providers, sanitation and sewage treatment workers, and others through accidental "stick" injuries. Besides the pain of a needle-stick injury, people exposed to sharps can contract life-altering diseases from bloodborne pathogens.
To safely dispose of your used home-generated sharps, place them in a biohazard sharps container and contact your personal physician, clinic administrator, or local pharmacy. Ask if they have a sharps take-back program in place for their customers.
If sharps are purchased online, please remember to request a pre-addressed, prepaid mail-back box for used sharps. Mail-back containers are easy and convenient. See External Links below for a list of sharps mail-back services authorized for use in California from the California Department of Public Health.
The San Joaquin County's HHW Consolidation Facility accepts home-generated sharps, medications (no controlled substances), and other household hazardous waste, free of charge, from San Joaquin County residents.
San Joaquin County
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
7850 R.A. Bridgeford Street, Stockton
Open Thursday through Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All sharps must be sealed in a biohazard sharps container. For more information on the San Joaquin County HHW Program, please call the San Joaquin County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division at (209) 468-3066.
Stockton residents may also drop sharps off at other locations free of charge.
See External Links for Sharps Collection Sites in San Joaquin County.
San Joaquin County HHWConsolidation Facility - Collection site for San Joaquin County residents
Sharps Collection Sites - Medical sharps collection sites in San Joaquin County
This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/19/2017