|Sharps container||Empty detergent bottle||Empty coffee 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.