December 2017
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Safe Sharps Disposal

City and Fire officials are making a point to provide safe options.

dispose of needles correctly

Throwing syringes and needles in the trash after using them to administer medication or test blood sugar is illegal. The City and the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District are partnering to provide residents with a safe disposal method for used home-generated sharps. Follow these guidelines to stay safe and legal:

  1. Go to any Rancho Cucamonga fire station Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., to pick up a free sharps-approved container. Please let fire personnel know if you need additional collection containers to accommodate all of your sharps. Do not bring your sharps with you if they are not in a sharps-approved container.
  2. Fill your container to the marked fill limit line (usually three-quarters full). Lock the lid to seal the container to prevent spills and accidental sticks.
  3. Bring your full container to the fire station and exchange it for an empty one. Please let fire personnel know if you need more containers. Do not bring sharps with you unless they are in an approved container and never leave sharps or full collection containers unattended if the crew is out of the station.

This program is for Rancho Cucamonga residents only. Sharps from businesses are not accepted. For more information, please visit the City's website at www.CityofRC.us, or call the Environmental Programs Info Line at (909) 919-2635.