Sharps (Needles, Syringes & Lancets)

To avoid needle sticks at home and protect trash and recycling workers, it is illegal to place used needles, syringes, or lancets in trash or recycling carts.  

These two Los Angeles County Public Works Department websites provide extensive information regarding sharps management, collection locations, and where to pick up free sharps collection containers (while supplies last) for home generated sharps:
La Cañada Flintridge residents may properly dispose of home-generated sharps at the following locations:

  1. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department—Crescenta Valley Station 
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health and Public Works, provide the “Safe Drug Drop-Off” Program at this and some other Sheriff Department locations. The program provides an opportunity for residents to safely and anonymously surrender any unused or expired prescriptions, over the counter medications, sharps (needles, syringes, and lancets), or any other controlled substances.  No questions are asked; the County just wants to get these materials secured and disposed of properly.  Sharps must be in a sharps container.
     Crescenta Valley Station
    4554 Briggs Avenue
    La Crescenta, CA 91214
    Phone: (818) 248-3464
     (Located northeast of the 210 freeway, just off Foothill Blvd. between La Crescenta Ave. and Ocean View Blvd.)

  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events in Los Angeles County
    Weekly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events are held throughout Los Angeles County.  Home-generated sharps are accepted at these events.  Sharps must be in a sharps container.  Please click here for information regarding material types, amounts accepted, and locations.

  3. Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers Near La Cañada Flintridge
    Home-generated sharps are accepted at these centers.  Sharps must be in a sharps container.

    11025 Randall St. 
    Sun Valley, CA 91352

    Businesses and organizations that are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators may use this center by appointment only on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)

    4600 Colorado Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90039

    Hours of Operation (Both Sites): 
    Saturdays & Sundays 
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
     For information regarding material types and amounts accepted, please visit the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation website.

    Not available to businesses or organizations.

    Waste collection is suspended during rain. 

    For more information, please call 
    (800) 98-TOXIC (800-988-6942)