Safe and Legal Disposal of Home Generated Sharps (Needles)

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Safe and Legal Disposal of Home Generated Sharps

  • Beginning Sept. 1, 2008, the California Medical Waste Management Act prohibits the disposal of home generated sharps in trash or recycling containers.
  • The Napa County Public Health Division is a no-cost collection location for sharps ONLY:
    • Sharps must be transported in an approved sharps container, which may be obtained from a physician or pharmacy.
    • A tightly sealed, leak and puncture resistant container with lid is an acceptable alternative.
    • Please label container as “sharps.”
    • Sharps transported in plastic bags or paper bags or other non-puncture resistant container will be refused.
    • It is against the law to leave any material after hours. 
  • For more information please refer to the Sharps Disposal Guide .