PROPERLY DISPOSE OF YOUR SHARPS
What is home-generated sharps waste?
"Home-generated sharps waste" means hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications derived from a household including a multifamily residence or household.
It is illegal to throw SHARPS away in the trash. If you self-inject at home, State law prohibits diposal of your sharps in the trash.
How can I properly dispose of my home generated sharps?
Agoura residents have several options to properly dispose of sharp waste. There are City and County programs available for you. For Agoura Hills residents, the City hosts a HHW/Electronic Waste Door-to-Door Collection program three times per year (April, August & December). Sharps are accepted in this program, however they must be placed in a secured/non puncturable container This is free to Agoura Hills residents only and it part of your resident refuse collection program. To obtain more information on the City's Program, click here.
Other collection sites and programs available:
1) Los Robles Hospital (Will only accept Sharps approved containers [locking lids])
Los Robles Hospital
Out Patient Laboratory
215 West Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
2) Los Angeles County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
3) City of Los Angeles' S.A.F.E. Centers
4) The County and the City of Los Angeles offer several distribution and collection centers available for all Los Angeles County residents. Click here for a list of distribution and collection centers.
What happens when sharps are not properly disposed?
Sanitation and landfill workers or anyone that handles your trash can be injured. Also, leakage may occur from leftover liquid in the sharps and contaminate groundwater, rivers, and the ocean.
The following are a few tips to safely dispose of sharps waste
Use only state-approved sharps containers. Check availability at the distribution sites or ask your pharmacist or doctor for one.
If you use a plastic bottle, DO NOT use water bottles. They are made of plastic that will puncture. Use a clean bleach or detergent bottle. Seal the top with tape and label the container "SHARPS".
Do NOT fill your container to the top, only until it is about 3/4 full. Seal it securely.
Do NOT flush your sharps or medications down the toilet or drain.
Do NOT place your sharps in the trash, green waste, or recycling bin.
Keep your sharps containers out of the reach of children and pets.
Properly diposing of your SHARPS protects santitation workers, the general public and your loved ones.