Medical Waste

What is Medical Waste?

Home-generated medical waste includes unused medications, sharps, syringes, and lancets.  

Why is it important to dispose of medical waste properly?

Sharps and lancets that are not properly disposed of can harm the public and the workers that handle waste.  Home-generated sharps need to be put in an approved and properly labeled container and taken to an approved facility.  (Show example of approved container?)

*Never flush medications down the toilet or put them in your garbage to prevent them from getting into the environment.*

Physicians, hospitals, and other medical care providers are often willing to take back home-generated sharps from their patients.


More resources on the collection of unused medications from the California Product Stewardship Council

+ Don’t Rush to Flush

+ Local weekend HHW Collection Events