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What is "SHARPS"?
“SHARPS” is a term used to describe items used to puncture skin. Examples are hypodermic needles, suture needles, syringes, carpules, lancets and pre-filled pens.
Not In Your Trash!
Effective September 1, 2008, it is illegal to dispose of SHARPS in the trash or in a landfill. When used needles and SHARPS are improperly discarded, they can injure, harm and infect people, pets, wildlife and the environment. Used needles and SHARPS can transmit numerous blood-borne pathogens, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and Hepatitis B and C.
What You Should Do
Place SHARPS in an approved container and take it to a proper disposal location such as City of Los Angeles S.A.F.E. Collection Centers located throughout the City. The City has expanded the collection of SHARPS to include participating senior citizen facilities, pharmacies and health clinics.
Please click here for the listing of participating drop-off locations and the brochure.
For additional drop-off locations, please click here for the CalRecycle SHARPS disposal directory.
SHARPS containers for home generated SHARPS are available for FREE at S.A.F.E. Collection Centers and participating locations.
Warning: Disposing of household chemicals in your trash, storm drains or sewers damages the environment, and is AGAINST THE LAW. Illegal dumping carries a minimum fine of $5000 per day per violation up to $100,000 per day per violation or imprisonment (Section 25189.5, Health & Safety Code). The City of Los Angeles operates the "HAZMOBILE" drop-off program to provide for the safe and legal disposal of your unwanted household chemicals.
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