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Hazardous Waste Warning

Wastes in this section are dangerous to you and the environment. Handle them carefully and dispose of them properly.



Legally, households may not transport more than 15 gallons of wet or 125 pounds of dry hazardous materials. Read about the regulation.

Needles and Syringes (a.k.a "Sharps")

Ouch!  No one wants to get stuck with your old sharps. Keep all sharps and disposal containers out of reach of children. Do not attempt to bend or break any needle or syringe, and do not try to replace the cap on needles.

NEW! Free Mail-Back Containers Offered by MarBorg and Waste Management!

For residential customers living in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County and in the cities of Buellton, Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Solvang, MarBorg Industries and Waste Management now provide free, postage-paid mail-back containers for home-generated sharps.  To order a container, simply call your hauler.  Visit our Waste Hauler page for contact information.

What are sharps?

Home-generated sharps, or simply "sharps", are needles, syringes with needles, and disposable lancets like the type diabetics use to test their insulin levels.

What's the proper way to store my sharps?

Please collect your sharps in an approved container made of rigid, thick-walled plastic. The containers should be clearly marked with a biohazards label.

Free sharps containers are available from the County but only at the County Clinic locations listed below. Otherwise, containers can be purchased at local pharmacies and through medical supply companies. Examples are included in the listings below.

Where can I dispose of my sharps?

It is illegal to put sharps (even if properly contained) in the trash. Use a mail-back program or take your sharps to one of the locations listed below. You can also download our sharps brochure for more information.

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