Sharps Disposal

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What are Sharps?

Sharps are items such as hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets, and pen needles. Whether contaminated with biohazardous waste or not, sharps must be disposed of in special containers and handled as hazardous waste.

How do I dispose of Sharps?

Improperly discarded needles create community hazards and can cause serious injury. Palm Desert residents with health issues such as diabetes who must receive injections can now dispose of used hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets, and pen needles safely and conveniently by utilizing one of the City’s following sharps disposal programs:

Pharmacy Program

All residents can visit one of the following participating pharmacies to obtain a free Sharps Disposal by Mail container which serves as a receptacle for used sharps. Once full, the container can be sealed and deposited in the mail for safe disposal. Residents can obtain up to three containers per year and proof of residency in the form of a driver’s license or California ID is required.

  • CVS (42155 Washington)
  • Fireside Compounding Pharmacy (73847 Highway 111)
  • La Quinta Pharmacy (43875 Washington Street)
  • Palm Desert Drugs (73261 Hwy 111)
  • Rite-Aid (72875 Highway 111)
  • Rite-Aid (74958 Country Club Drive)
  • Savon/Albertsons (74590 Highway 111)
  • Target (72549 Highway 111)
  • Town Center Compounding Pharmacy (72624 El Paseo)
  • Walgreens (44830 Monterey)

Curbside Program

Residents of single family dwellings (apartment and multifamily residents not eligible) may pick up sharps disposal
containers free-of-charge from Burrtec’s Recycle Center located at 41800 Corporate Way (behind the Hovley Post
Office in Palm Desert). Once the container is full, residents can call Burrtec at (760) 340-2113 to schedule a curbside
pickup, and upon request, Burrtec will leave a free empty collection container. Residents can coordinate up to four free
pickups per year. Note: Residents can also place sharps safely and securely into hard thick plastic containers (such as used, but cleaned orange juice, detergent, or vegetable oil bottles – not thinner plastic such as milk jugs) and call for
Burrtec to schedule a curbside pickup.