This site provides information for medicine, sharps (i.e. needles) and medical waste generated in residential households. Medical waste generated at households must be properly disposed to prevent the exposure of the public to pathogens that may be present in blood and bodily fluids and to prevent chemicals in waste medications from entering the environment.
Sharps waste can include: needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications.
Pharmaceutical or medicine waste can include: any type of medication no longer needed for use or expired. This can include over-the-counter (OTC) medications (i.e. Aspirin) or medications prescribed by a doctor.
If you have any questions please contact the Medical Waste Program at EHSMedicalWaste@marincounty.org or call 415-473-6907.
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