In September of 2008, the State of California made it illegal to put sharps in the trash, recycling containers, or to flush down the toilet, in order to protect the health and safety of our health care providers and sanitation workers. Sharps are considered needles, syringes, and lancets.
Oceanside residents have several options for safe disposal of these types of materials. Sharps must be in a red biohazard container with a sealed top or in a see-through container like a water bottle or milk jug with the top taped.
Oceanside residents can drop off containers at the El Corazon Senior Center or Country Club Senior Center during open hours. Additionally, residents can also drop off containers at the Waste Management Buyback Center (2880 Industry St) Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed 12:00pm-12:40pm for lunch).
Additionally, Waste Management’s MedWaste Tracker™ provides a safe needle disposal system for hypodermic needles, lancets, test strips, and other small quantity medical waste. Each system includes a specially designed sharps container and a postage-prepaid shipping container. Please visit medwaste.wm.com for more information or to place an order.
If you have further questions about safe disposal of sharps, feel free to call Waste Management’s customer service line at (760) 439-2824 or email OceansideRecycles@oceansideca.org.