How to Dispose of Your Used Needles

Many companies offer mail back or pickup services for your needles or medical wastes to ensure they are disposed of safely. Usually for one cost, all necessary containers are provided by the company and they will pick up the containers, treat and dispose of the medical waste safely; or you can mail the containers if you choose to go with mail back. Most companies will also provide you with documentation of the safe disposal.

Tips from Stericycle, one of the largest medical waste disposal companies:

  1. Only use an approved sharps container for used needles, syringes and lancets
  2. Only keep sharps containers in a child and animal-proof area
  3. Do not store sharps in drink containers, bottles, or cans
  4. Do not dispose of sharps containers or loose sharps in your trash or recycling bin
  5. Do not flush sharps down the toilet as they can end up on our beaches
  6. Do not mix other hazardous wastes such as unused medicine with sharps
  7. Do not empty out your sharps container into the needle drop box

Participating Companies Contact Info

Stericycle (Pickup or Drop Box)
4010 Commercial Ave
Northbrook, IL 60062
(866) 783-7422

Waste Management (Mail Back)
1001 Fannin, Ste 4000
Houston, TX 77002
(866) 931-6321

Sharps (Mail Back)
9220 Kirby Dr, Ste 500
Houston, TX 77054
(800) 772–5657

Excel Medical Waste Disposal (Mail Back)
Houston Medical Waste Disposal
PO Box 690047
Houston, TX 77269

XMED Medical Waste Disposal, Inc. (Pickup or Mail Back)
2126 Metro Circle
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 532-0679
(866) 735-9709

Locating Medical Waste and Needle Disposal Services

Finding a needle disposal drop off location is difficult, but there are several companies offering mail order or pickup services for your medical wastes or needles. Stericycle, one of the largest medical waste disposal companies, has several drop box locations only in California. If you are interested in finding a drop box location for your needles, please review the below list.

Stericycle Needle Drop Box Locations in California

Sutter Regional Medical Foundation
4053 Lone Tree Way #1 & #2
Antioch, CA 94531

Daly City
Kaiser Daily City Medical
395 Hickey Blvd
Daly City, CA 94015

NorthBay Medical Center
1200 B Gale Wilson Blvd
Fairfield, CA 94533

Sutter Regional Medical Foundation
2720 Low Ct Mob 2
Fairfield, CA 94534

Menlo Park
Menlo Park Pharmacy
1610 El Camino Real # A
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Redwood City
Kaiser Permanente Redwood
1150 Veterans Blvd Center #3
Redwood City, CA 94063

Kaiser Permanente Redwood
1150 Veterans Blvd Center #1
Redwood City, CA 94063

Kaiser Permanente Redwood
1150 Veterans Blvd Center #2
Redwood City, CA 94063

Rio Vista
Sutter Regional Medical Foundation
690 Main St
Rio Vista, CA 94571

San Bruno
Kaiser San Bruno Medical
901 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066

Kaiser Bayhill Medical
801 Traeger Ave
San Bruno, CA 94066

San Jose
751 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95128

751 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95128

VHC East Valley
1993 McKee Rd
San Jose, CA 95116

VHC Bascom
750 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95128

VHC Tully
500 Tully Rd
San Jose, CA 95111

VHC Silvercreek
1620 E Capital Expressway
San Jose, CA 95121

VHC Moorpark
2400 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95128

VHC Lenzen
976 Lenzen Ave
San Jose, CA 95126

Santa Barbara
LM Caldwell Pharmacist
235 W Pueblo St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

South San Francisco
Kaiser San Francisco
1200 El Camino Real
Permanente Medical Center South
San Francisco, CA 94080

St Joseph's Medical Center
1800 N California St
Stockton, CA 95204

VHC Fair Oaks
660 S Fairoaks
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

VacaValley Hospital
1000 Nut Tree Rd
Vacaville, CA 95687

Sutter Regional Medical Foundation
770 Mason St
Vacaville, CA 95688

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