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Guidelines for Syringe and Needle Disposal

Don’t get stuck with used “sharps!” Free containers for used needles, as well as disposal, are available. The guidelines below apply to syringes & needles used with people and pets. Disposing of Your Syringes It is now illegal to dispose of syringes in the trash, or recycling bin or composting bins. All needles should be treated as if they carry a disease. That means that if someone gets stuck with a needle, they could get infected with a disease that may be on the needle. Therefore, they would have to get extensive medical tests and worry about whether they have caught a harmful or deadly disease. You have the power to prevent a situation like this simply by safely disposing of your used sharps. Do not place others at risk when safe alternatives are currently available.

Sharps Disposal Guidelines

  • Sharps should be placed into a container immediately after use.
  • Do not attempt to remove, bend, break or recap the needle.
  • Keep all sharps and disposal containers out of reach of children.
  • Improper disposal of used “sharps” (needles, syringes and lancets) can injure:
    • children
    • home healthcare providers
    • sanitation workers
    • pets

Now there is a safe solution in Ventura County! Bring your used sharps to the locations listed below for proper and convenient disposal. Free “Biohazard” rigid plastic sharps containers are available at the collection facilities for you to use at home. For safety reasons sharps will NOT be accepted in:

  • liquid detergent bottles
  • bleach bottles
  • coffee cans
  • glass containers
  • milk jugs
  • soda bottles

Some household hazardous waste collection events accept sharps waste from area residents. Contact your local collection event for more information. A schedule of events and contact phone numbers may be found at http://www.wasteless.org Pick up your free “BIOHAZARD” container at these locations. Take it home. When it is ¾ full, return it for proper disposal and pick up a new container.

Needle Collection Facilities (call for sharps collection schedule)

Fillmore

Fillmore Medical Plaza

852 Ventura St.
Fillmore, CA 93015
Ph: 805-524-2672

Moorpark

Family Health Center of Moorpark

612 Spring Rd. Bldg. A
Moorpark, CA 93021
Ph: 805-523-5400

Oxnard

Las Islas Clinic

2400 C Street
Oxnard, CA 93033
Ph: 805-240-7000

Magnolia Family Health Center

2240 E. Gonzales Road, #100
Oxnard, CA 93033
Ph: 805-981-5151

Oxnard Public Health Center

2500 “C” St., Suite D
Oxnard, CA 93033
Ph: 805-385-9147

St. John´s Regional Medical Center

1600 N. Rose Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93033
Ph: 805-988-2500

Las Islas Urgent Care

325 W. Channel Island Blvd.
Oxnard, CA 93033
Ph: 805-385-8662

Santa Paula

Santa Paula Clinic

1334 E. Main St.
Santa Paula, CA 93060
Ph: 805-933-1122

Simi Valley

Sierra Vista Family Medical Clinic

1227 E. Los Angeles Ave.
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Ph: 805-582-4000

Thousand Oaks

Conejo Valley Care Center

125 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Ph: 805-418-9100

Los Robles Hospital Outpatient Lab

215 West Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Ph: 805-370-4407

Ventura

Ventura Public Health

3147 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
Ph: 805-652-5928

West Ventura Family Care Clinic

133 W. Santa Clara St.
Ventura, CA 93003
Ph: 805-641-5600

Information courtesy of: The County of Ventura Environmental Health Division and local medical facilities

For more information, call:
Ventura County Environmental Health Division
(805) 654-2813