Needles and Sharps

Alternative ways to recycle
Illegal in Garbage or Drains
Hazardous Waste

You can bring your sharps free of charge to the county HHW facility.
All sharps must be sealed in a biohazard sharps container.

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
7850 R.A. Bridgeford Street
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 468-3066 
Map & Directions
Hours: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 9am to 3pm


Stockton residents can also drop them off at the following collection sites:

El Dorado Drug Store
2005 E. Mariposa Road
Stockton, CA 95205
(209) 464-7722  
Map & Directions

St. Joseph’s Medical Center
1800 N. California Street
Stockton, CA 95204
(209) 943-2000  
Map & Directions

Community Medical Center – Channel
701 E. Channel Street
Stockton, CA 95202
(209) 944-4700  
Map & Directions

Community Medical Center – Waterloo
1031 Waterloo Road
Stockton, CA 95205
(209) 940-5600  
Map & Directions

Angkor Pharmacy
4555 N. Pershing Ave., Ste #7
Stockton, CA 95207
Map & Directions

Rx Express Pharmacy
711 E. Market St.
Stockton, CA 95202
Map & Directions

Forty Nine Drug Co.
937 N. Yosemite St.
Stockton, CA 95203
Map & Directions


Do Not Recap

To avoid injuring yourself from needle pricks, do not put needle caps back on needles.

Never Throw Away

Do not throw needles or sharps in the trash. They put sanitation workers, friends and family at risk of needle pricks, which can cause infection and injury.


Use Only Sharps Containers for Disposal

To dispose of needles and sharps, place them in sharps containers and bring them to a designated sharps disposal facility.


What Is Considered a Sharp?

All of the following must be disposed of as sharps waste: hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets and other devices that are used to break the skin of people and animals.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Mail-Back Programs for Injectable Pharmaceuticals

Mail used sharps and pens back to the manufacturer of injectable pharmaceuticals. The following manufacturers accept sharps waste generated from their products: Enbrel® (Amgen)Neulasta® (Amgen)Novo NordiskOrencia® (Bristol-Myers) and Simponi® (Janssen Biotech, Inc.).


Stericycle® Mail Service for Home Sharps

Stericycle runs a sharps container mail-back service for small quantity generators of waste. They include bar-coded waste shipping containers, prepaid and pre-addressed shipping labels and prepaid disposal and tracking. Visit Stericycle’s Mail Back Solutions page here.


Republic Services Mail-Back Service

Republic Services offers a mail-back service for managing home-generated medical waste. Visit


MedPro Mail-Back Disposal

MedPro offers various sizes of mail-back sharps disposal systems, starting with 1.2 gallon containers. All containers are mailed to recipients via USPS with a prepaid return slip and proof of destruction manifest. Visit MedPro’s sharps disposal page here.

GRP Mail-Back Sharps Container

GRP and Associates offer a mail-back sharps disposal service. They will mail you a sharps container, which you package and mail-back to them. Visit their page on sharps mail back here.

Ways to Reduce


Return Unused Sharps to a Needle Exchange Program

Instead of dropping off unopened sharps at a disposal facility, consider taking them to a needle exchange program, such as MedShare. Find the nearest program.

Did You Know?

How Sharps Affect Sanitation Workers

Disposing of sharps isn’t always convenient. At the same time, sharps in the trash and recycling pose a huge health risk to sanitation workers. If workers come across a needle hidden in trash, they can get struck and have to wait up to a year to know if they’ve contracted a blood-borne virus, such as hepatitis, tetanus, HIV/AIDS or syphilis.