Medical Waste and Sharps

Athens Helps You With Proper Disposal

It is ILLEGAL to dispose of Medical Waste or Sharps in your trash, recycling, or yard waste containers! Athens Services encourages the proper disposal to ensure the safety of their clients, employees, and the environment. If hazardous waste is identified in your trash, it will be tagged and not collected.

What is Medical Waste and Sharps?

Sharps include hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications.

Medical Waste includes “any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals." For the U.S. EPA definition and examples of Medical Waste click here.

For further information on disposing Household Medication Waste please see CalRecycle website, or refer to the resources below.

Proper Disposal

Athens Services does not collect untreated medical waste and sharps. For transfer services of treated medical waste please contact us regarding our Special Waste Services.

For Sharps disposal please view the resources below:

Household Hazardous Waste Roundups - L.A. County conducts periodic Household Hazardous Waste Roundups; for further detail, call (888) CLEAN-LA or visit the 888CleanLA website.

Sharps Disposal By-Mail System - Visit the California Department of Public Health at the CalRecycle website for a list of California authorized mail-back services.

Sharps and Medication Disposal Directory – Visit CalRecycle for a directory of facilities in California that collect sharps and medication.

S.A.F.E Centers - 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.