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Safe Disposal of Sharps Waste


California law prohibites the disposal of sharps waste, syringes and lancets in the trash. Sharps may accidentally stick and expose children, housekeepers, janitors, trash collectors and pets to disease when improperly stored or discarded.

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  • Ask your health care provider, pharmacist or the manufacturer if they take back used needles, lancets or syringes.
  • Pharmacies in Chula Vista offer mail-back containers for used needles, lancets, or syringes at NO COST.  Simply pick up a container, place your sharps inside and use the included postage-paid box to mail it in.  The program is limited to (3) three containers per resident per year.  You will need to present proof of residency in Chula Vista to pharmacy staff to receive your FREE mail-back container.

Participating pharmacies include

Costco CVS K-Mart Medical Center Pharmacy Ralphs
Rite Aid Sharp Rees-Steely Target Vons Walgreens
  • Take your used needles, lancets, and syringes to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at 1800 Maxwell Road open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. Please place sharps in a puncture-proof, shatter-proof container with a tight lid (i.e. bleach or detergent bottle). This program is only available to Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City and County of San Diego residents!


Put Sharps Waste in its Proper Place!

Please do not dispose of sharps/needles in your trash or recycling containers, by flushing down the toilet, or public trash cans or right of way.

For More Information:

You can call the Environmental Services Section of the Public Works Department at (619) 691-5122.

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