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Safe Home Needle Disposal

General information

California State law Section 118286 of the California Health and Safety Code makes it illegal to dispose of sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers, and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container. This includes:

  • Hypodermic needles
  • Pen needles, intravenous needles
  • Lancets
  • Other devices that are used to penetrate the skin, for the delivery of medications

Where to Dispose of Sharps

If you belong to a medical health care provider please contact them to find out availability for disposal at their locations. Kaiser Permanente, Mills-Peninsula Hospital, Sequoia Hospital and some private physicians already accept home-generated sharps from their patients.  

State law requires all syringes and sharps to be in authorized sharps (or puncture proof) containers up to one gallon in size.

See below for a map and list of sharps disposal locations in San Mateo County.

Mike Nevin Health Center
380 90th Street
Daly City

Recology of the Coast Recycle Yard
Sharps accepted Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
1046 Palmetto Ave

Fair Oaks Health Center
2710 Middlefield Road
Redwood City

Sequoia Hospital
170 Alameda de las Pulgas
Redwood City

Rethink Waste Public Recycling Center
Sharps accepted Monday-Saturday, 8:30 am – 4 pm
333 Shoreway Road
San Carlos 

San Mateo Medical Center (two disposal bins, one located inside by pharmacy, other by west entrance loading dock)
222 West 39th Avenue
San Mateo

San Mateo County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
32 Tower Rd
San Mateo

Blue Line Transfer
500 East Jamie Court
South San Francisco

Kaiser Permanente Hospital & Clinics
1200 El Camino Real
South San Francisco

395 Hickey Blvd
Daly City

901 El Camino Real
San Bruno

1150 Veterans Blvd (Old Hospital Tower & Cypress Pharmacy)
Redwood City

910 Marshall St (Birch Building)
Redwood City