Medical Sharps Disposal
It is illegal to put sharps in the trash or recycling! Please dispose of your home generated syringes, needles and lancets in a safe and legal manner.
Thes are needles, syringes with needles, and disposable lancets used in the medical treatment of people and animals, derived from a single or multifamily residence.
Improper disposal of home generated sharps is a heath and safety threat to children, home health care providers, trash & recycling workers, and pets through accidental needle stick injuries.
APPROVED DISPOSAL METHODS:
Contact your personal physician. He/she may accept your sharps as a courtesy to you.
MAIL BACK PROGRAMS
The following companies provide sharps mail back services. Each service has different procedures and fees so it is important to verify the packaging and mail back process:
EnviroMed Safety & Compliance
Sharps mail-back service: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharps Compliance, Inc.
Waste & Compliance Management, Inc.
FREE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION PROGRAMS (INCLUDING SHARPS)
Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
889A Devlin Road, American Canyon (at the Devlin Road Transfer Station), every Friday and Saturday from 9:00AM–4:00PM
Temporary Collection Events
FREE HOME-GENERATED SHARPS COLLECTION LOCATIONS
Napa County Health & Human Services Agency
OLE Health – also collects medications; call for hours
1141 Pear Tree Lane, Napa 254-1770
1222-A Pine St, St. Helena 963-0931
911 Washington St, Calistoga 709-2308
Clover Flat Landfill
Napa County Animal Shelter
Animal sharps only
942 Hartle Court, Napa
It is against the law to leave any material at these locations after hours.
HOW TO HANDLE SHARPS SAFELY & LEGALLY
Sharps should be transported in an approved sharps container, obtained from a physician or pharmacy. A tightly sealed, leak and puncture resistant container with lid (bleach bottle, laundry detergent bottle, etc.) is an acceptable alternative. Please label container as “sharps.” Sharps transported in plastic bags, paper bags or other non-puncture resistant containers will be refused.
Immediately after use, place sharps in the container point down.
Do not attempt to bend or break the needle or syringe.
Keep all sharps and disposal containers out of reach of children.
Napa County Environmental Health Division
(707) 253-4471; www.countyofnapa.org/pbes/environmental/
Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal
1-(800) 643-1643, www.safeneedledisposal.org
California Department of Public Health