Beginning on Sept. 1, 2008,
California state law (H&SC §118286) made it illegal to dispose
of home-generated sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers, and
required that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in
a sharps container approved by the local enforcement agency.
California Health and Safety Code defines "home-generated sharps waste"
as hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and
other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of
medications derived from a household, including a multifamily residence