New Sharps Disposal Boxes Added in County
IMPERIAL BEACH – County Supervisor Greg Cox today announced the addition of a new drop box for sharps, or needles, used by people who take injected medications, bringing to 13 the number of such boxes in the region.
The new drop box, part of a five year pilot program, is located at the Imperial Beach Sheriff Substation at 845 Imperial Beach Boulevard. The box was installed June 14 outside the substation and residents can dispose of needles there 24 hours a day.
“This new sharps disposal box makes it easier for people to safely get rid of needles or syringes,” said Cox, who represents District 1, which includes Imperial Beach.
Under Cox’s leadership, the County last year began exploring more user friendly approaches to sharps waste disposal at easily accessible locations. State law prohibits the disposal of sharps, including needles, syringes and lancets, in regular trash.
The County promotes proper sharps disposal at disposal boxes throughout the region. In addition to Imperial Beach, a new drop box was installed at the Encinitas Sheriff Substation.
Residents are asked to place their sharps in closed, rigid containers no larger than a half-gallon (for example, coffee cans with lids or bleach bottles). For more information, contact the County Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 1-877-713-2784.