SB 1305 is a bill authored by Senator Figueroa which revised a section of the State of California Medical Waste Management Act to make it a violation of state law for home-generated sharps waste to be placed in solid waste collection containers, including recycling and green waste containers. SB 1305 also require sharps waste to be transported in an approved sharps containers and managed by a specified facility (i.e., household hazardous waste facility, medical waste generator facility, or a facility managed as part of a mail back program). SB 1305 was approved by Gov. Schwarzenegger on July 12, 2006, and took effect on September 1, 2008. 


Unwanted Medication and Prescription Drugs

Please do not place these items in the garbage or flush down toilets or pour in drains. Over the counter (OTC) and prescription medications contain hazardous substances that can threaten human health and the environment when not disposed of properly. Help protect our water supply by disposing of unwanted or expired medications.


The San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW) accepts medications (no narcotics) at NO COST from Stockton residents. See external links for a link to Medication Collection Sites in San Joaquin County.     


The City of Stockton participates in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events. Click the Stockton Recycles logo in external links to view the Events page for upcoming collection dates.     


Home-Generated Sharps Waste

Photo of a Hypodermic NeedleHome-generated sharps waste include hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications and which are derived from a household, including a multifamily residence or household.

Why can't I throw my sharps in the trash cart?

Improper disposal of these devices in the trash or down the toilet is a health and safety threat to children, home health care providers, sanitation and sewage treatment workers, and others through accidental "stick" injuries. Besides the pain of a needle-stick injury, people exposed to sharps can contract life-altering diseases from blood borne pathogens.

Where can I dispose of my used sharps?

Photo of a Needle BoxTo safely dispose of your used home-generated sharps, place them in a biohazard sharps container and contact your personal physician, clinic administrator, or local pharmacy, and ask if they have a sharps take-back program in place for their customers.


If sharps are purchased on-line, please remember to request a pre-addressed, prepaid mail-back box for used sharps. Mail-back containers are also available and are easy and convenient to use. A list of sharps mail-back services authorized for use in California is available from the California Department of Public Health.


The San Joaquin County's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Consolidation Facility accepts home-generated sharps, medications (no controlled substances), and other household hazardous waste, free of charge, from San Joaquin County residents.

 Photo of San Joaquin County HHW Facility

San Joaquin County
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
7850 R.A. Bridgeford Street, Stockton

Open Thursday through Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All sharps must be sealed in a biohazard sharps container. Approved containers can be picked up free of charge at the HHW Facility. For more information on the San Joaquin County HHW Program, please call the San Joaquin County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division at (209) 468-3066.

In addition to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, Stockton residents may drop sharps off at other locations free of charge. See external links for a link to Sharps Collection Sites in San Joaquin County.


External Links

For recycling tips, news, events, and resources visit:

Stockton Recycles 

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Medical Waste Management Program

Medical Waste Management Act - Details medical waste management in California - January 2017 update

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Consolidation Facility - Collection site for San Joaquin County residents

Medication Collection Sites - Medication collection sites in San Joaquin County

Sharps Collection Sites - Medical sharps collection sites in San Joaquin County

Don't Rush to Flush Program - California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) medication disposal

Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal - Organization promotes public awareness and solutions for safe disposal of needles, syringes, and other sharps in the community.


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 4/20/2017