State legislative efforts to regulate the disposal of medical sharps began in 1998 in California. Currently, more than 20 states have laws on the books regulating the handling and disposal of medical sharps. The page provides state-by-state and territory-by-territory information on laws and regulations affecting the labeling, transportation and and disposal of used needles and other sharps.
Athens Services does not collect untreated medical waste and sharps. For transfer services of treated medical waste please regarding our Special Waste Services.
For Sharps disposal please view the resources below:
- L.A. County conducts periodic Household Hazardous Waste Roundups; for further detail, call (888) CLEAN-LA or visit the website.
- Visit the California Department of Public Health at the CalRecycle website for a list of California authorized mail-back services.
– Visit CalRecycle for a directory of facilities in California that collect sharps and medication.
- Permanent Collection Centers in the City of Los Angeles. Hazardous Waste recycling and disposal options available for residents and businesses (by appointment only). They will dispose of medication and sharps. Locations, hours and times are limited.