Sharps Waste and Medication Disposal


The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works holds Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events on Saturdays from 9:00 am - 3:00 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 Household Hazardous Waste (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.


  • Medication substances are bad for the environment, including ground, water and air and should be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Roundup Event.
  • 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.  


  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, 900 South Fremont Avenue, Annex Building, 3rd Floor, Alhambra, call 1-888-CleanLA
  • Accurate Home Health Care, Inc., 1104 South Garfield Avenue, Suite B, Alhambra, call 626-576-5006
  • Disposal of Permanently-Sealed Sharps Containers: 
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Roundup Events
  • Other Los Angeles County Medical Waste Collection Sites
  • Other medical facilities, including Valley West Medical Pharmacy,1935 West Valley Boulevard, Alhambra, call 626-289-4343. 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." 
  • For additional information, click here for English / Spanish.

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