Sharps Waste Disposal

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California law prohibits 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:

CVS      COSTCO      SHARP REES-STEALY      RALPH'S      RITE AID      WALGREENS 

Chula Vista residents now have the option to request FREE sharps (syringes) mail-back containers and/or prescription drug mail-back envelopes online! Mail-back service is a free and convenient way to properly dispose of your sharps and unused/expired prescription drugs. Click here to request your FREE mail-back containers and/or envelopes.

  • 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).

Put Sharps Waste in its Proper Place!

For More Information:

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

Your Community, Your Environment, Your Choice!

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