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The Sharp Solutions program accepts two types of home-generated medical wastes from residents:
Sharps and Medicines.



  • Hypodermic needles
  • Syringes
  • Pen needles
  • Intravenous needles
  • Lancets
  • Anything else used to deliver medicine through the skin



  • Gather your unwanted medicines & any other accepted items (see list).
  • You may combine all pills in a plastic baggie to save space. Recycle the plastic pill bottles in your blue curbside cart.
  • Leave liquid medicines in the original container.
  • Mark out personal information on labels if you wish.
  • Deposit all items in the clearly labeled medicine disposal bin or hand to pharmacy counter staff or other personnel at a Medicines Collection Site.

  • Prescription medicines
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Pet medicines
  • Medicine samples
  • Medicated ointments & lotions
  • Inhalers
  • Liquid medicines in leakproof containers

  • NO controlled substances (narcotics) except at specifically designated law enforcement agency sites
  • NO needles, lancets, syringes or any other sharps in Medicines container (see Sharps above for proper disposal)
  • NO personal care products unless medicated
  • NO vitamins or supplements
  • NO herbal preparations
  • NO aerosol cans
  • NO personal grooming items
  • NO bloody or infectious waste
  • NO thermometers (take to Household Hazardous Waste facility)
  • NO IV bags
  • NO business waste
  • NO hydrogen peroxide
  • NO empty containers or packaging
  • NO trash or anything other than medicine waste
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Collaborative program coordinated by the County of Santa Cruz with the Cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Capitola, and Scotts Valley.
Funded by local governments, wastewater treatment facilities, and local pharmacies.
© 2013 County of Santa Cruz, Department of Public Works, Recycling and Solid Waste Services.