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Mandate Requires Proper Disposal of Medical Sharps

It is illegal to dispose of medical sharps (syringes, lancets) in household garbage. While most pharmacies take back used syringes when new prescriptions are filled, there is another safe disposal option in Daly City. The San Mateo County Health System has created a method for the proper disposal of home-generated syringes and other medical sharps, including lancets used for monitoring blood sugar levels. A secured steel disposal bin is located in front of the Mike Nevin Health Center, 380 90th Street, Daly City, allowing residents to safely and lawfully drop off their sharps containers as medical waste. The bright red sharps drop-off bin is designed to accommodasharps, needles, syringes, lancetste syringe containers up to 1-gallon in size. Loose syringes, needles, and lancets must be placed in within an authorized container – no loose sharps are allowed in the drop-off bin.


Daly City residents are reminded to refrain from placing medical sharps, pharmaceuticals, household hazardous waste, batteries, fluorescent lights, and electronics in the garbage. Allied Waste collects used motor oil, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and household batteries as part of the curbside recycling program. Motor oil must be placed in a secure, screw top container for collection. CFLs and batteries contained within a clear plastic Ziploc bag may be placed on top of your recycling cart on collection day.

Residents looking for a free and environmentally responsible way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs (no needles!) are encouraged to use the sturdy drop-off box at the Daly City Police Department (on the second floor of City Hall), 333 90th Street. The drop-off box is available to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Used cell phones may also be dropped-off at the front counter of the Police Department during business hours.