Free Sharps Container Disposal Offered at Yucaipa City Hall

By on October 4, 2019

If you or a family member are using lancets, hypodermic needles, intravenous needles and other medical devices to penetrate the skin for monitor blood sugar levels and/or for the delivery of medications, these “home-generated sharps waste” products should always be placed in a sharps disposal container, post usage. But what should you do when that sharps container is nearly full?

The city of Yucaipa and Yucaipa Disposal have partnered to develop a community sharps container program that can be used, free of charge, by any Yucaipa resident to safely and legally dispose of used medical sharps. State law prohibits people from disposing of home-generated sharps waste products in regular trash cans or bins. Sharps medical waste not disposed of properly can injure sanitation workers by penetrating their skin.

Free disposable sharps containers are available at City Hal at 34272 Yucaipa Blvd. and available to any Yucaipa resident who needs them. Once the sharps container is approximately three-quarters full of skin-penetrating medical waste you should snap the cap firmly closed and place the container is a plastic bag and seal it shut by tying the ends or taping the bag shut. Always keep sharps container out of reach by young children!

Once three-quarters full and properly shut and sealed Yucaipa residents can dispose of the sharps container at the Yucaipa Police Department in the clearly labeled sharps drop-off box. The Yucaipa Police Department is located at 34144 Yucaipa Blvd. and the department’s lobby is open for drop-offs 24-hours a day.

Please be aware that the sharps drop-off box is only for sharps containers is not designed for loose sharps, drugs, pills or any other items in this box. If you have questions about this free community service contact Kim Everts with the city of Yucaipa at: 909-797-2489 ext. 221.