Safely disposing your used syringes is incredibly important. Taking used, potentially-infected syringes (the vector for viruses to travel from one person to another) from circulation is one of the ways SEPs slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as HIV & HCV. You can always get sharps containers from us and drop of used syringes by coming in during our open hours (Tuesday-Saturday 2 to 6 pm) or by arranging a delivery from us. We have sharps containers in the following sizes: 8-gal; 2½-gal; ¼-quart, and FitPaks which hold about 10 syringes.
If you prefer, you can also make your own “sharps” container:
Use puncture proof containers, e.g. hard plastic like liquid laundry detergent bottles, coffee cans, etc. (2-liter soda bottles are not hard or thick enough – syringes can poke through them; glass can break).
Use containers with a small opening on top and a cap or lid that screws on is best to prevent spills.
If possible, write on the container: Biohazardous medical waste or sharps container and/or Danger. Any or all of these words will do.
When the sharps is full, tape the lid closed.
Contact SANE to pick up the full sharps container or take it to your county disposal site (see below)
If you get stuck with a needle (accidental needle-stick injury):
Squeeze the area where the needle point went into the skin – try to make it bleed.
Let the blood run out of the opening for a few seconds.
Clean the opening with rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol) or hydrogen peroxide. You can buy both of these at the local grocery store or drug store; they only cost a few dollars.
If you think the syringe that poked you may have been used by someone with a disease or infection, call anyone at SANE or a local hospital or emergency room.
Sacramento County Disposal Sites
North Area Transfer Station
4450 Roseville Road
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday
8:30 am - 4 pm
Sacto. Recycling & Transfer Station
8491 Fruitridge Road
Friday & Saturday
8 am – 5 pm