Changes in the California Health and Safety Code mean that as of September 1, 2008, home-generated sharps waste can no longer be thrown in the trash or recycling containers and requires that all sharps be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container. Home-generated sharps waste is defined as disposable hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, syringes, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications or a blood test and are derived from a household, including a multifamily residence.
The law requires home-generated sharps waste to be transported only in a sharps or other approved containers and forbids the disposal of sharps into containers used for the collection of solid waste (i.e. household trash), construction and demolition debris, green waste, or other recyclable materials.
The County of Fresno in cooperation with the fifteen incorporated cities in Fresno County has established a Household Hazardous Waste program. Home-generated sharps waste may be taken for proper disposal to a Household Hazardous Waste collection facility. For information on how to participate in the next Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event, call the County of Fresno, Department of Public Works and Planning, Resources Division at (559) 600-4259. This Sharps Drop-Off Network directory has a listing of businesses that have battery-recycling services.
This procedure is approved for individual household generated medical waste only.
Medical waste generated by any other source is covered by the Medical Waste Management Act. Please contact the State of California, Department of Health Services, Medical Waste Management Program at (916) 449-5671 for further information.
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