- Business Advocacy
The disposal of medical “sharps” (syringes used on humans or pets including hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices for testing or the delivery of medications) in the trash is prohibited by law, thus requiring special disposal procedures to protect the public from possible serious injury or infection.
The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works accepts disposal of sharps — in special containers that can be picked up free at the County’s designated distribution centers — at its scheduled Household Hazardous Waste collection events, such as the one that took place in Alhambra last month.
On a regular basis, however, Alhambra families using these devices in their regular home health care maintenance can, under a special “Sharps & Needle Disposal” program, safely dispose of their sharps through Republic Services, Alhambra’s trash disposal provider.
The Mail Back program offers Republic Services Residential Sharps Mail-Back Kits for free, four per year, which contain one-gallon sharps containers, instructions, and a pre-paid postage mailing packet to use when the container is full. To request a free kit, please contact Republic Services Customer Service at 855-737-7871.
To view a video demonstrating the entire Mail Back procedure, visit www.republicservices.com. Click on Residences; click on Sharps & Needle Disposal.
Residents who prefer to drop off their sharps can visit the County’s S.A.F.E. Collection Centers throughout Los Angeles County, which are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, except on rainy days. The two closest centers to Alhambra are the East Los Angeles/Washington Boulevard center at 2649 E. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, and the LA-Glendale center at 4600 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles.
For information concerning S.A.F.E. Collection Centers, please phone 888-CLEAN-LA, or go to www.CleanLA.com, click on Household Hazardous Waste and look under Permanent Collection Centers.