Updated Tuesday October 14, 2008

The City of Napa Police Department hosted a pharmaceutical and sharps (used syringes and needles) collection event on Saturday, October 11, 2008. City of Napa residents and others living in Napa County brought in 437 pounds of unused or expired pharmaceuticals and 211 pounds of home generated sharps. This type of special collection event helps keep unused medicine from being sent down the drain and polluting the environment.

"Research has shown several negative environmental impacts including abnormal hormonal reactions in several forms of marine life as a result of this type of pollution.”  said Bill Gaffney of the Napa Sanitation District is partnering with the City of Napa on a “NO DRUGS DOWN THE DRAIN” campaign.

As of September 1, 2008 a new state law prohibits the disposal of home generated sharps in the trash.

Those unable to take items to the event can dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals and home generated sharps year-round at the Napa-Vallejo Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at 889A Devlin Road, next to the Transfer Station in American Canyon. The facility is open every Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm.

Mail back services are available for your home generated sharps. Call the Napa County Department of Environmental Management for more sharps disposal information at 707-253-4471. Drop-off sharps at the Napa County Public Health Office at 2344 Old Sonoma Road, Building G, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. The Napa County Animal Shelter accepts animal sharps at 942 Hartle Court, Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. 

North Napa County residents may choose to take advantage of a special household hazardous waste collection event to be held from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga. This event will accept pharmaceuticals and sharps as well as other household hazardous waste. Napa Valley businesses may also participate in the Calistoga event, but must call 1-800-984-9661 in advance to make special appointments for drop-off on Friday, October 24, 2008.

More information can be found at www.nodrugsdownthedrain.org or at www.naparecycling.com.
A guide to sharps disposal can be downloaded here.