Sharps - Needles & More
Sharps Banned from the Landfill!
Begining September 1, 2008, all home generated sharps (needles) can not be placed in you trash can.
"Sharps" is the term used to describe any item that is capable of puncturing the skin such as syringes, needles, lancets, broken glass with blood on it, scalpels, etc. Because these 'sharps' potentially have disease-carrying blood or other bodily fluids on them, they are capable of 'injecting' that blood or fluid into anyone who comes in contact with them.
Ways to dispose of Sharps:
State of California approved list . . .
BioMedical Waste Solutions
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-off Events:
You can also take used sharps in a red certified medical waste container to any HHW drop-off event. Please call Fresno County at (559) 600-4259 or visit their Website for more information.
Help the Community - Become a Sharps Collection Center
If you are an area pharmacy, doctor's office, clinic, hospital, or other organization and are interested in helping out the community by becoming a sharps collection center, please call the recycling Hotline at 621-1111, and we will help you get set up.
Being a Sharps Collection Center is a benefit to YOUR business.
Increase Pharmacy Sales
If you offer sharps drop-off to your customers, you increase store traffic. It's extremely convenient for customers to purchase the necessary replacement supplies as well as other toiletries and medications at the same location where they drop off their sharps.
Show the community how much you care by helping to make their lives easier is really important. If customers feel appreciated they will make sure that others know about the great service they get at a certain location. Being a Sharps Collection Center will show customers how much you apprecieate them and care about making things easier for them.
Let us help spread the word. Once a customer decides to become a Sharps Collection Center, the City of Fresno will promote YOUR store via our website, at community outreach events, educational programs, and even in the media. The City of Fresno will include the name of your pharmacy as well as their address and phone number on this Website. We will also educate the customer of theimportance of taking sharps to a collection center and will give out literature and stickers to inform the public about our new policies.
Learn more about sharps collection by visiting the State of California's Website.