Sharps Waste & Medication Disposal

Disposal of Sharps Waste & Medications

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works holds Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm (unless specified otherwise). There are multiple locations throughout the Los Angeles region. Visit the Los Angeles Department of Public Works website to find an upcoming HHW Collection Event.

You can also order sharps waste disposal containers from Republic Services. Please contact Republic Services toll-free at 855-737-7871 to inquire about sharps disposal containers.

Do not flush medications down the toilet, in the trash or in your recycling or yard waste container. Take both medications and sharps waste to a local HHW Collection event.

Important Information About Disposing Sharps Waste & Medication

  • Medication substances are bad for the environment, including ground, water and air and should be taken to a HHW Roundup Event.
  • Never dispose of medication down the drain. You can find disposal information on medication by visiting the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts website. Information is also available in Spanish.
  • Do not place sharps waste in used plastic milk cartons, bleach bottles, or similar containers. Syringes used on humans or pets include hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices for the delivery of medications. These can injure people, spread germs and disease such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.

Free, State-Approved Sharps Disposal Sites

  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Works:
    900 S Fremont Avenue, Annex Building
    3rd Floor
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    Phone: 1-888-CleanLA
  • Accurate Home Health Care, Inc.
    1104 S Garfield Avenue
    Suite B
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    Phone: 626-576-5006
  • Disposal of Permanently-Sealed Sharps Containers:
  • Other medical facilities, including Valley West Medical Pharmacy, call 626-289-4343:
    1935 W Valley Boulevard
    Alhambra, CA 91801
  • Also local hospitals, doctor's offices, health clinics, pharmacies, health departments, community organizations and animal hospitals.
  • Mail-back services. You will receive a sharps container and packaging to mail back your container. The cost will depend on the size of the container you choose. Although disposing waste sharps in a red sharps container is the preferable means of disposal, Los Angeles County HHW Roundup sites will accept sharps containers that do not leak, break or puncture. It must be taped, sealed and labeled "sharps."