Aug 26 - New Disposal Required for Home-Use Hypodermic Needles

Starting Monday September 1st, it will be illegal to dispose of hypodermic needles in the trash.

Discarded sharps pose a health risk to the public, especially sanitation workers who must sometimes manually seperate recylcable and hazardous materials from the waste stream. This process exposes workers to needle-prick injuries and the risk of infection.

"Beginning Monday, needles must be transported in an approved container and managed by a hazardous waste facility, medical waste generator facility or a facility that manages a needle mail-back program....."

It's estimated that nearly 400 million sharps are disposed of in California annually.

Read the Sac Bee article>>

CAW & Sharps Disposal