Needles and Sharps

Special Instructions
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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 Pharmacy
72 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 Center
150 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 Pharmacy
77 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) 545-0655
956 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.

sharps-container

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.

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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

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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.