Needles and Sharps Special Instructions See Alternatives Illegal in Garbage & Drains The San Luis Obispo County IWMA operates a FREE Home Generated Sharps Disposal Program. Dispose of used needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp objects in a free disposal container which is now available from area pharmacies. When the container is full, return it to the pharmacy and receive a new container. This service is free to households. Please no businesses. This program was established by San Luis Obispo County IWMA Ordinance No. 2008-2. Pharmacies in San Luis Obispo County Click on your community to find a pharmacy near you. Arroyo Grande | Atascadero | Cambria | Cayucos | Grover Beach | Los Osos | Morro Bay | Nipomo | Paso Robles | Pismo Beach | San Luis Obispo | Templeton Arroyo Grande CVS Pharmacy 1435 E. Grand Avenue | (805) 474-5720 Best Care Pharmacy 1051 E. Grand Avenue | (805) 481-1961 Rite Aid 1690 E. Grand Avenue | (805) 474-0469 1207 E. Grand Avenue | (805) 489-1830 Walmart 1168 W. Branch Street | (805) 474-0900 Atascadero Community Health Center Pharmacy 7524 Morro Rd | (805) 792-1400 CVS Pharmacy 8320 El Camino Real | (805) 466-0732 En Soleil Pharmacy 5735 El Camino Real | (805) 928-9000 Rite Aid 7025 El Camino Real | (805) 462-8722 Walgreens 8005 El Camino Real | (805) 462-9272 Cambria Cambria Drug & Gift 2222 Main Street | (805) 927-7283 Cayucos Cayucos Pharmacy72 S. Ocean Avenue | (805) 995-3538 Grover Beach Vons 1758 Grand Avenue | (805) 481-0877 Los Osos Los Osos Rexall Drug Store 989 Los Osos Valley Road | (805) 528-1017 Medicine Shoppe 1199 Los Osos Valley Road | (805) 528-1447 Rite Aid 1110 Los Osos Valley Road | (805) 528-5779 Ralphs 1320 Los Osos Valley Road | (805) 528-0244 Morro Bay Morro Bay Drug & Gift 600 Morro Bay Boulevard Suite B, | (805) 771-9988 Rite Aid 740 Quintana Road | (805) 772-6198 Nipomo Community Health Center150 Tejas Place | (805) 270-1821 CVS Pharmacy 610 W. Tefft Street | (805) 929-2740 Nipomo Rexall Drug 330 W. Tefft Stree t| (805) 929-1929 Vons 520 W. Tefft Street | (805) 931-1860 Paso Robles Albertsons-Sav-On 189 Niblick Road | (805) 237-1803 Brooklin Oaks Pharmacy 597 12th Street | (805) 296-3370 Community Health Center Pharmacy 416 Spring Street | (805) 238-7250 CVS Pharmacy 187 Niblick Road | (805) 238-2947 Rite Aid 1151 Creston Road | (805) 239-3028 2424 Spring Street | (805) 239-3208 (CVS) inside Target 2305 Theatre Drive | (805) 227-4304 Santa Cruz RX 3600 Dry Creek Rd Ste E3 | (805) 457-3801 Walmart 180 Niblick Road | (805) 238-1212 Pismo Beach CVS Pharmacy 827 Oak Park Boulevard | (805) 473-1114 Model Drug 911 Oak Park Boulevard | (805) 481-5111 Rite Aid 531 Five Cities Drive | (805) 773-1825 San Luis Obispo Community Health Center Pharmacy77 Case Ste 204 |(805) 269-1500 Costco 1540 Froom Ranch Road | (805) 541-7028 CVS Pharmacy 3960 Broad Street | (805) 783-2903 1300 Madonna Road | (805) 549-0993 717 Marsh Street | (805) 547-9885 Kohana Pharmacy 181 Tank Farm Road | (805) 542-0864 Rite Aid 1251 Johnson Avenue | (805) 545-0655956 Foothill Boulevard | (805) 543-5697 (CVS) inside Target 11990 Los Osos Valley Road | (805) 858-9903 Vons 3900 S. Broad Street | (805) 541-1055 Templeton Central Coast Pharmacy Specialists 590 South Main Street | (805) 434-5999 Templeton Hills Pharmacy 1050 Las Tablas Road #1 | (805) 434-1801 Never Throw Away Do not throw needles or sharps in the trash in order to protect sanitation workers, trash haulers, friends and family from needle pricks. Needle pricks put them at risk of infection and injury. Use Only Sharps Containers for Disposal To dispose of needles and sharps, place them in sharps containers and bring them to a designated sharps disposal facility. What Is Considered a Sharp? All of the following must be disposed of as sharps waste: hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets and other devices that are used to break the skin of people and animals. Alternative Ways to Recycle Mail-Back Programs for Injectable Pharmaceuticals Mail used sharps and pens back to the manufacturer of injectable pharmaceuticals. The following manufacturers accept sharps waste generated from their product: Humera® (AbbVie), Enbrel® (Amgen)[PDF], Neulasta® (Amgen)[PDF], Orencia® (Bristol-Myers), Rebif® (EMD Serono, Inc.)[PDF], Simponi® (Janssen Biotech, Inc.) and Cimzia® (UCB). Ways to Reduce Return Unused Sharps to a Needle Exchange Program Instead of dropping off unopened sharps at a disposal facility, consider taking them to a needle exchange program. Find the nearest program. Did You Know? How Sharps Affect Sanitation Workers Disposing of sharps isn’t always convenient. At the same time, sharps in the trash and recycling pose a huge health risk to sanitation workers. If workers come across a needle hidden in trash, they can get struck and have to wait up to a year to know if they’ve contracted a blood-borne virus, such as hepatitis B.