SB 1383 now encourages residents and businesses to recycle all organics. Organics include yard waste and food scraps from your kitchen or restaurant.
Yard Waste includes:
Kitchen Food scraps include:
What are Medical Sharps?
Home-generated medical sharps include needles, syringes, and lancets, used to administer home health care to residents and their pets.
What is the Problem?
Improper disposal of used sharps an injure children, home healthcare providers, sanitation workers, and pets through accidental "sticks". Needles can be contaminated with hepatitis, HIV or other communicable infections. City of San Bernardino Municipal Code 8.24.070 Section A expressly prohibits the disposal of hypodermic needles and syringes in refuse and recycling containers.
How should I discard my home-generated sharps?
Home-generated sharps can be safely and legally disposed by participating in a program offered by the City of San Bernardino Public Works Department. Home-generated sharps should be placed in a rigid-plastic BIOHAZARD sharps containers provided by the City. Do not collect sharps in any other type of container, including milk jugs and coffee cans.
Do not throw sharps in the trash or flush down the toilette
How can I get a collection container?
Free sharps collection containers are available to City of San Bernardino residents. Get a free container from The Public Works Department on the 3rd floor in City Hall.. Proof of residency will be required. Please provide a California ID, and a Municipal Water Department bill if your ID shows an out-of-town address. Home-bound residents may call 909.384.5140 for more information on collection containers.
How should I dispose of my container?
When your sharps container is 3/4 full, exchange it for a new one at the County of San Bernardino Fire Department, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility adjacent to the San Bernardino International Airport at 2824 East W Street. The Collection Facility is open Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. Sharps will ONLY be accepted in a rigid-plastic BIOHAZARD sharps container.
DO NOT BRING SHARPS OR FULL COLLECTION CONTAINERS TO CITY HALL FOR DISPOSAL
What are pharmaceuticals?
Pharmaceuticals are prescribed or over-the-counter drugs and medications used for medical treatment of people and our animals.
What sort of environmental effects are caused by flushing medications?
Hormones found in medications may cause antibiotic resistant bacteria. Consequently, the bacteria survive and multiply, making it difficult to combat. Long-term health effects on marine life and humans are not yet determined, but it is clear that proactive measures need to be taken to keep medications out of the water.
How should I dispose of my unwanted medication?
Trashing medicine is a better option than flushing. However, precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of children and animals.
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility adjacent to the San Bernardino International Airport at 2824 East W Street will also accept medicines. The Collection Facility is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday.
California State Law prohibits the disposal of oil by emptying it in the sewers or storm drains, putting it in the garbage, or pouring it on the ground!
Recycling your used motor oil & filters is easy, please follow these 3 simple steps.
1. Pick up your free collection container
Free reusable 15-quart used motor oil collection containers and used oil filter collection containers are available to City of San Bernardino residents. Containers may be picked up from the Public Works Department.
2. Drain the oil from your vehicle into the container.
The collection container is for used oil only. Never mix used oil with other automotive fluids, such as antifreeze or transmission fluid. Never dump used oil in the trash, down the drain or on the ground!
3. Recycling Used Motor Oil
You can recycle used oil at a certified used oil collection center. Collection centers will accept up to 20 gallons of oil per day in containers no larger than 5 gallons. Please call for hours of operation.
For a listing of certified collection centers located in San Bernardino, click here. You can also call the State's used oil hotline 1-888-OIL-DROP.
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