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Sharps and needles

The city has contracted with Waste Management to provide residents with a limited number of free mail-back sharps kits that are available at their main office located at 5960 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. These kits include an approved sharps container and a postage prepaid mail-back box for convenient sharps disposal. Due to limited availability, each household will be limited to one mail-back kit per year. Please call Waste Management at 760-929-9400 for more information.

Carlsbad residents may take their sharps or needles to a household hazardous waste facility as part of the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Program. Residents will be required to place their sharps and needles in the authorized container at the facility. Waste Management also offers residents the option to drop off sharps and needles at the Buyback Center. 

The City of Carlsbad Police and Fire departments have installed a new drop box at the city's Safety Center located at 2560 Orion Way. Members of the public may come Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and anonymously drop sharps and needles into the drop-box.

Disposal locations

Waste Management Recycling Facility
2880 Industry St.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Hours: Alternating Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
By appointment only

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
1145 East Taylor St.
Vista, CA 92084
Hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Waste Management Buyback Center (located at the Palomar Transfer Station)
5960 El Camino Real  
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; closed Noon – 12:40 p.m.

Contact Information

Trash Services
760-602-8562 fax

1635 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

General Information

City of Carlsbad business hours
Monday Friday
8 a.m. 5 p.m.