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Sharps Program


As of September 1, 2008, home-generated hypodermic needles cannot go into the trash.


Don't let the sharps attack!

Sharps - such as home-generated hypodermic needles - should be kept out of your residential waste container.

Many Folsom pharmacies accept sharps free of charge. They must be delivered to the pharmacy in an approved biohazard/sharps container, which will be supplied to you at no cost by these pharmacies:

(The program is a partnership between participating pharmacies and the Folsom Hazardous Materials Division. The cost of the service is paid by the Folsom Hazardous Materials Division.  Please thank your Pharmacy for hosting the service!)

Rite Aid 526 East Bidwell St. 916-984-7749
Save Mart/
Savon Drugs
1003 East Bidwell St. 916-983-4084
Safeway 1850 Prairie City Rd. 916-608-2455
Innovative Compounding
Pharmacy (new!)
820 Wales Dr., Suite 3 916-984-9222
Natural Medical Solutions (new!) 189 Blue Ravine Road (near Folsom Blvd.) 916-351-9355
If your pharmacy is not listed, call first for its acceptance policy.  Tell your pharmacy that the service is free to them. Ask them if they would like to participate in the program.

Important facts:
Sharps include lancets, hypodermic needles, syringes and scalpel blades. They are used by people with medical conditions such as insulin-dependent diabetes.

Sharps can be contaminated by hepatitis, HIV, tetanus and other diseases.

Sharps can injure family members and can be a hazard to the workers collecting and sorting waste and recyclables.

All Folsom Fire Stations are collection points for used sharps.  You can get empty sharps containers from them too!  They only accept sharps if they are staffed...i.e., if they are out on an emergency call then they will not accept sharps.   Please do not leave abandoned sharps at Fire Stations.   Doing so is illegal.

Fire Station 35 535 Glenn Drive 984-2280
Fire Station 36 9700 Oak Avenue Parkway (near Baldwin Dam Road) 984-2280
Fire Station 37 70 Clarksville Road (near E. Bidwell and Clarksville 984-2280
Fire Station 38 1300 Blue Ravine Road (by Oak Avenue Parkway) 984-2280

If you are a member of a community group and would like to promote these services to your members (e.g., diabetes association or physicians group), then give us a call at 355-8361.
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