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Dispose of used needles safely at county landfill

A law went into effect Monday making it illegal to place used needles into household trash or recycling receptacles.

When sharps are improperly disposed, they pose a health threat to sanitation workers, children, adults and pets.

Home-generated sharps include needles, syringes and lancets that are used to manage medical care at home.



The new law mandates used sharps to be placed in approved sharps containers, which are often sold at pharmacies. Once the container is full, it should be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station, free of charge, 8 a.m. to 3:30 Tuesday through Sunday.

Although the Nevada County HHW program has been accepting used, home-generated sharps since opening in 2006, people still throw their sharps into the garbage.


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