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Approved Sharps Container

Sharps container Empty detergent bottle Empty coffee container
Sharps Sharps container

An “approved sharps container” by definition includes:

  • Any rigid plastic container that is strong enough to withstand puncture by its contents
  • Can be sealed closed so that collection staff are protected from the risks associated with handling these containers

Examples of “approved sharps containers”  include:

  • Commonly used red biohazard containers (available free for Elk Grove residents at City Hall or the Special Waste Collection Center)
  • Empty liquid laundry detergent bottle with a screw top lid
  • Empty rigid plastic coffee container with resealable lid

Prepare your container for disposal by ensuring:

  • Sharps, needles, lancets are completely enclosed in the container
  • Container is sealed completely.  Broken, split or damaged containers will not be accepted
  • Container is clearly labeled as "sharps"
  • Container does not contain any medications, except for unused auto-injectors

Not An Approved Container

Milk jugs and similar items are not rigid enough to be used as an approved container.

 not approved

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