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Mail Back Disposal Options: For Residents
Use FDA-approved mail-back and safe syringe disposal containers. The following companies offer pre-paid return service programs. In addition, most pharmacies sell FDA-approved mail-back and safe syringe disposal containers.
FREE Sharps/Needles mail-back program for patients using Novo Nordisk medicine: California residents can visit novocare.com/needledisposal or call (877) 765-3030 to enroll.
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Are unused and expired medications filling up your medicine cabinet?
Studies show that pharmaceuticals in rivers and streams, if present at high enough concentrations, can harm aquatic wildlife. When flushed down the drain, some medications are not completely removed by wastewater treatment plants. Proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals can help protect the environment.
To address this issue, the Russian River Watershed Association (RRWA) is partnering with local agencies, pharmacies and law enforcement offices to provide Safe Medicine Disposal Program locations in the Russian River Watershed.
Items accepted for disposal include:
Items NOT accepted include:
How to handle your medication that is ready for disposal:
Pills & Capsules
Liquids, Ointments, Creams & Lotions
Medication Patches & Sample Packets
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It’s illegal to dispose of home-generated sharps in the garbage.
Beginning on September 1, 2008, State law (Section 118286) of the California Health and Safety Code) made it illegal to dispose of home-generated sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers. The law also requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container. When thrown in the trash, sharps can injure sanitation workers.
Sharps include hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications used in the care of people and animals. Once the syringe is no longer with the needle and no longer capable of piercing the skin, it can be disposed in the garbage assuming it’s home-generated waste. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently only lists the “Disintegrator” as a needle destruction device approved for use by self-injectors. Do not attempt to remove, bend, break or recap the needle. Also, note that empty medication vials can be disposed in the garbage.