What to Do with Used Sharps in California

Put used sharps in a strong, plastic container.

Put used sharps in a strong, plastic container.


Have a needle clipper? When the needle clipper is full, it can be disposed of according to your state or local regulations. More information can be found here.

Use the ZIP Code search at the top of this page to locate container disposal options near you.

Never throw used sharps — loose or in a plastic container — into the trash or toilet, and never recycle.

Sharps that retract after use, or are very small, should be disposed of like all other sharps.

Most counties in California have disposal locations. If there is no program in your area, contact your city or county health department. Visit this