SHARPS

Types of SHARPS


  • Hypodermic needles
  • Pen needles
  • Intravenous needles
  • Lancets
  • Other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications
It is illegal by state law to dispose of sharps in your waste receptacles. California Health and Safety Code require that all sharps waste be disposed of in an approved collection container. Discarded needles may expose waste workers to potential needle stick injuries and risk of infection.

Rancho Santa Margarita residents are eligible to receive one free SHARPS container kit per month from the City to dispose of SHARPS waste. Due to the demand, The City has prepared a waitlist for residents and will send a notification to residents on the list when the kits become available. Typically it will take a few weeks to receive the kits from the vendor. At the time of pick-up, please bring a valid ID or verification of residency in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. 

T
o be put on the wait-list and receive a SHARPS container kit, please click the following link and fill out the form: SHARPS Container Wait List Sign-Up.  


Proper Disposal Options


Please dispose of your sharps in one of the following ways:

  • Mailing used SHARPS containers. Directions are included in the kit provided by the City.

    NOTE: Residents must complete the "Waste Tracking Document - Manifest" prior to mailing in their SHARPS container kit. Once received by the treatment facility, the City will be notified, and the resident will be eligible for another SHARPS container kit. Directions and forms are included in the kit.​

  • Visit an Orange County Household Hazardous Waste location to dispose of your SHARPS. Check out the Household Hazardous Waste page for a list of locations.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT USED SHARPS CONTAINER KITS WILL NOT BE RECEIVED BY THE CITY AND WILL NEED TO BE DISPOSED OF AS DESCRIBED ABOVE. 


4 needles