Skip to main content Skip to site navigation

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

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.


Daly City 

Kaiser Permanente
395 Hickey Blvd

Mike Nevin Health Center
380 90th Street

Pacifica          

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

Redwood City

**10/24/17: TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE**
Fair Oaks Health Center
2710 Middlefield Road
(behind clinic)

Kaiser Permanente
1150 Veterans Blvd
(Two bins: Old Hospital Tower & Cypress Pharmacy)

Kaiser Permanente
910 Marshall St
(Birch Building)

Sequoia Hospital
170 Alameda de las Pulgas

San Bruno

Kaiser Permanente
801 Traeger Avenue
(3rd Floor)

Kaiser Permanente
901 El Camino Real

San Carlos

Shoreway Transfer Station
333 Shoreway Road
(Sharps accepted Monday-Saturday, 8:30am – 4pm)

San Mateo

San Mateo County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
32 Tower Rd

San Mateo Medical Center
222 West 39th Avenue
(Two bins: pharmacy & west entrance)

South San Francisco

Blue Line Transfer Station
500 East Jamie Court

Kaiser Permanente
1200 El Camino Real

Commands