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Proper Disposal of Medical Sharps - Syringes, Lancets and Blood Testing Products Locations
serving Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop, Escalon and San Joaquin County

How do I recycle or properly dispose of...

 
Medical Sharps:
In 2008 a new law took effect making it illegal to dispose of home-generated medical sharps in the trash.  It also requires used sharps, including syringes, hypodermic needles, lancets, and other needle devices for injecting medication or blood tests, to be transported in an FDA-approved biohazard sharps container.

There is NO COST for San Joaquin County residents to drop off these materials at the HHW Facility for proper disposal. 

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN THE GARBAGE!

 

Residents
Residents of San Joaquin County can utilize the following resources to properly dispose of medical sharps:

T
o safely dispose of your used sharps, place them in a biohazard sharps container and contact your physician, clinic, or local pharmacy, and ask if they have a sharps take-back program for their customers.  A list of sharps mail-back services is also available from the California Department of Public Health: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/medicalwaste/Pages/MailBackSharps.aspx.

San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
The HHW Facility accepts home-generated medical sharps from residential customers (syringes, hypodermic needles, lancets, and other needle devices for injecting medication or blood tests).  To protect facility technicians from needle-stick injuries, sharps must be transported in an FDA-approved biohazard sharps container (available from your local drug store or pharmacy).  Ask about our free sharps container exchange.  Click on the links for more information.

Businesses
Businesses can utilize the following resources to properly dispose of medical sharps:

San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Small businesses can dispose of medications at the San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW) for a small fee.  Conditions apply, for details click the Small Business HHW link or CESQG Brochure link below.  For more resources visit http://www.safeneedledisposal.org or call the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal at 1-800-643-1643.  For more information on medical waste call the California Department of Public Health at (916) 449-5671.

Proper Disposal Locations:

Escalon

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste
Consolidation Facility

7850 R. A. Bridgeford Street
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 468-3066
 

Ask your doctor’s office or pharmacist if
they offer a sharps take-back program.

Lathrop

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste
Consolidation Facility

7850 R. A. Bridgeford Street
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 468-3066
 
 

Ask your doctor’s office or pharmacist if
they offer a sharps take-back program.

Lodi

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste
Consolidation Facility

7850 R. A. Bridgeford Street
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 468-3066
 
 

Ask your doctor’s office or pharmacist if
they offer a sharps take-back program

 

Manteca

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste
Consolidation Facility

7850 R. A. Bridgeford Street
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 468-3066
 
City of Manteca Solid Waste Division
210 E. Wetmore Street
Manteca, CA
(209) 239-8169

For Manteca residents ONLY.  Call for details.
 

 

Ask your doctor’s office or pharmacist if
they offer a sharps take-back program.

 

Ripon

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste
Consolidation Facility

7850 R. A. Bridgeford Street
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 468-3066
 

 

Ask your doctor’s office or pharmacist if
they offer a sharps take-back program.

 

Stockton

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste
Consolidation Facility

7850 R. A. Bridgeford Street
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 468-3066
 
St Joseph's Medical Center
1800 North California
Stockton, CA 95204
(209) 943-2000

St. Joseph's Medical Center has a sharps drop box located in the parking garage. This location is open daily, and no special containers are required, however sharps should be stored in a coffee can or heavy plastic bottle. To gain access to the garage, inform the parking attendant that you have medical sharps to drop off.
 
 

Ask your doctor’s office or pharmacist if
they offer a sharps take-back program.

 
 

Tracy

Tracy Recycling Buyback Center
590 E. 10th Street
Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 832-2355

 

Tracy Material Recovery Facility
30703 S. MacArthur Drive
Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 832-2355

 

Reich's Pharmacy & Medical Supply
350 W. Grant Line Road
Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 835-1832

 

 

Ask your doctor’s office or pharmacist if
they offer a sharps take-back program.

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste
Consolidation Facility

7850 R. A. Bridgeford Street
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 468-3066
 

 

Household Hazardous Waste
Facility

CPSC sharps website
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Brochure
Small Business HHW
Small Business
HHW Brochure
 

 


San Joaquin County Department of Public Works
Solid Waste Division

Last updated 10/21/2011

 

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