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Sharps Disposal Programs

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

 Disposal by Mail Program

Beginning on September 1, 2008, State law (Section 118286 of the California Health and Safety Code) makes it illegal to dispose of sharps waste (such as hypodermic needles, lancets, and test strips) in the trash or recycling containers and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container.

In Mission Viejo alone, residents with diabetes and other medical conditions use thousands of needles every day as part of treatment for chronic medical conditions.  To address this issue, the City of Mission Viejo and Waste Management have taken prompt action by implementing a convenient Sharps Disposal by Mail Program for residents of the city.  The Sharps Disposal by Mail Program provides individuals with a safe and convenient way to dispose of used sharps.  Each disposal kit includes a specially designed sharps container and a postage-prepaid shipping container.  Used sharps are placed inside the container for safe storage. When full, the container is closed, bagged, and sealed inside its original packaging.  Residents then return the postage pre-paid box to their mail carrier or nearest post office.

Residents interested in participating in the program can obtain a Sharps Disposal by Mail container at the following locations in Mission Viejo:

  •  Walgreens
    27785 Santa Margarita Parkway
    (949) 830-2011

  •  Walgreens
    25533 Marguerite Parkway
    (949) 707-0494

  •  CVS
    26851 Trabuco Road
    (949) 581-5990

  •  CVS
    28781 Los Alisos Blvd
    (949) 595-0501

  •  CVS
    25272 Marguerite Parkway
    (949) 581-9120

Residents will need to show proof of residency through a state-issued identification, driver license, or utility bill.  All Mission Viejo residents can receive one free sharps container with postage and return box per year.  Additional containers can be purchased each year for a $5 co-pay.  For more information, contact Denise Matson at 470-3010.

 Disposal Containers Available at Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center

Mission Viejo recognizes the fact that many residents may need to self-inject medication or check blood sugar levels while away from home.  If sharps are placed in the trash, this could pose a serious health risk for employees or visitors at the community and senior center.  For this reason, Sharps Disposal containers have been installed in the restrooms at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.  Residents attending functions at the center will now have a safe method of disposing of their sharps. 

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