Trash & Recycling

Needles & Sharps Disposal

sharps container New Sharps Disposal Program!
The Public Works Department has partnered with the Fire Department to provide sharps disposal locations to City of Riverside Residents. Click Here for more information!

It is unlawful to put medical sharps such as hypodermic needles, lancets, pen needles, etc. into curbside collection recycle or trash containers.

The police department coordinates with the DEA twice a year to collect medications. Medications CANNOT be accepted by the fire department, please refer to the medications/pharmaceuticals page for information on disposal of unwanted/expired medications or medical equipment.

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Business-Generated Sharps

Needles and sharp waste that is generated at a place of business, or as a result of a service provided by a business, must be properly disposed of by the business that generated or collected the waste.

Businesses such as hospitals, clinics, and other smaller businesses generating sharps should contact the California Department of Public Health’s Medical Waste Management Program for information on how to manage that waste under California’s Medical Waste Management Act.

Businesses generating small amounts of sharps waste may find mail-back services to be most cost-effective compared to contracting with an authorized medical waste transporter. Otherwise, you can also contact your city or county household hazardous waste (HHW) facility to see if they accept conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) waste (i.e., small business waste) for a fee.

California Department of Public Health
Medical Waste Management Program
P.O. Box 997377, MS 7405
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

Inquiries to the MWMP may be sent via e-mail to: MedWasteInfo@cdph.ca.gov

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Sharps Collection Locations (Residential)

Location Address Collection Times
Downtown Fire Station # 1Fire Station 1 3401 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Sunday
Arlington Fire Station # 2Fire Station 2 9449 Andrew St.
Riverside, CA 92503
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Sunday
Magnolia Fire Station # 3 Fire station 3 6395 Riverside Ave.
Riverside, CA 92503
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Sunday

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Approved Containers

City of Riverside residents may dispose of sharps at any one of the sharps program collection locations as long as their sharps are within an appropriate sealed container.

biohazard drum Approved Sharps Containers
  • Sharps must be in a sharps disposal container or in a hard sided PLASTIC container like a bleach or laundry detergent bottle with a secure lid.
  • Containers that held a food product are not appropriate for use.
  • The sharps container must have a label that states "Biohazard" with a secure lid. Residents can print their own biohazard label from home by clicking HERE.

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Alternative Disposal Locations (Residential)

Location Address Collection Times
Riverside County Hazardous Waste Facility 1780 Agua Mansa Road
Riverside, CA 92509
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Every Non-Holiday Saturday

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