In 2008, California passed a law that made it illegal to dispose of home-generated medical sharps in the trash. This law requires used sharps to be taken to an approved collection location for proper disposal.
Medical sharps include:
-Other needle devices for injecting medication or blood tests.
In 2016, San Joaquin County worked with various retail pharmacies and businesses to expand the Sharps and Medication Waste Collection Program and increase access to collection kiosks across the County. This program was designed to prevent medical sharps from ending up in the trash by helping to educate the public on how to safely transport their medical sharps and properly dispose of them.
There is NO COST for San Joaquin County residents to drop off medical sharps for proper disposal at any designated collection site including the San Joaquin County's Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Please see the Sharps and Medication Brochure link below for disposal locations and how to collect and transport medical sharps for safe disposal.
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE MEDICAL SHARPS IN THE GARBAGE!
Medical Sharps and Medication Brochure
Medications Collection Program
FREE Disposal Locations:
|Escalon Police Dept. Vineyard Pharmacy and Gifts|
|Payless Market - IGA|
|Ripon Police Department|
Solid Waste Administrative Office
1810 East Hazelton Avenue
Stockton, CA 95205
Phone: (209) 468-3066
Fax: (209) 468-3078
Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Email us with questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Integrated Solid Waste Manager