Safe Disposal of Needles and Syringes

Home-generated sharps are syringes and needles used in your home to test blood sugar or administer medication to family members or pets.  It is illegal to dispose of sharps in your trash.

The City and the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District have partnered to provide a safe method to dispose of home-generated sharps from Rancho Cucamonga residents.  To participate:

Go to any Rancho Cucamonga fire station Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to pick up a free sharps-approved container.  Please let fire personnel know if you need additional collection containers to accommodate all of your sharps.  Do not bring your sharps with you if they are not in a sharps-approved container, and never leave sharps or full collection containers unattended if the crew is out of the station.

  1. Fill your container to the marked fill limit line (usually three-quarters of its capacity).  Lock the lid to seal the container in order to prevent spills and accidental sticks.

  2. Exchange your full container of used sharps for an empty one by returning it to a fire station, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Never leave sharps or full collection containers unattended if the crew is out of the station.

For more information, call the Environmental Programs Info Line at (909) 919-2635.

Note: Sharps from businesses are not accepted in this program.

The Home-Generated Sharps Program has a map to fire stations.