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Sharps Disposal

Home-generated sharps waste is hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications derived from a household including a multi-family residence or household.

  • Sharps waste should be placed in a State approved container. Check availability at designated distribution sites listed below.
  • Another alternative is to place your sharps waste in a container that does not leak, break, or puncture. It must be taped, sealed, and labeled "SHARPS."
  • When your sharps container is about 3/4 full, seal it securely.
  • Keep your sharps containers out of reach of children and pets.
  • Take your filled sharps containers to a designated collection site.
DO NOT...
  • Flush your sharps waste or medications down the toilet or drain.
  • Place your sharps waste in the trash, green waste, or recycling bin.
  • Put needles into used plastic milk jugs, bleach bottles, or soda bottles.

To learn more about Sharps, download a Sharps Waste Management Brochure (English or Spanish)

Drop-off Locations:


Distribution Sites Only
Pick up your FREE sharps container at any of the following distribution sites.
(Containers are limited to one per person per visit, while supplies last.)

City of Burbank Recycling Center
500 S. Flower St., Burbank, 91502

City of Sierra Madre
Sierra Madre Senior Center, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, 91024

City of Hawthorne
Hawthorne City Hall, 4455 W. 126th St., 2nd Floor(Engineering Counter), Hawthorne, 90250

City of Torrance
Health Care Partners Medical Group, 3565 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, 90503 (310) 793-4647 Hours: Monday to Friday - 8am to 5pm

City of Lakewood
Lakewood City Hall, 5050 Clark Ave., Lakewood, 90712

City of El Segundo
City of El Segundo, Public Works Department, 350 W. Main St., El Segundo, 90245

City of Monrovia
City of Monrovia Public Works, 600 S. Mountain Ave., Monrovia, 91016
Monrovia City Hall, 415 S. Ivy Ave., Monrovia, 91016

City of West Covina
Senior Citizens Center, 2501 E. Cortez Ave., West Covina 91791
City Maintenance Office, 825 S. Sunset Ave., West Covina 91793

City of Norwalk
Social Services Center, 11929 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, 90650, (562) 929-5544, Hours: Monday to Friday - 8am to 5pm
Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Dr., Norwalk, 90650, Hours: Monday to Friday - 8am to 5pm

Hubert Humphrey Health Center
Room 1079-Diabetes Clinic, 5850 S. Main St., Los Angeles, 90003

City of Redondo Beach
City of Redondo Beach Public Works, 531 N. Gertruda Ave., Redondo Beach, 90277
Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Works
900 S. Fremont Ave., Annex Building - 3rd Floor, Alhambra, 91803 (Closed on Fridays)


HandicapIndividuals requiring reasonable accessibility accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, physical accessibility accommodations, sign language interpreters or other reasonable accommodations by contacting our departmental Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at (626) 458-4081, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday (excluding holidays). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make contact by first dialing the California Relay Service at 7-1-1. Requests should be made at least one week in advance to ensure availability. When making a reasonable accommodation request, please reference Environmental Programs Division.

The County offers a mail-back Sharps Waste disposal program that is limited to ONLY elderly and disabled residents. To request a mail-back container, please call our hotline at 1(888) CLEAN LA.