Tehama County Pharmaceutical Drug and Medical Waste Sharps Collection Program


FREE and ANONYMOUS pharmaceutical drug disposal is now available year-round for Tehama County residents.

In partnership with the Tehama County Health Services Agency, Tehama County Department of Education, Tehama County Sheriff's Department, Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency and the Corning Police Department, two permanent pharmaceutical drug collection kiosks are now installed at the following locations:


Tehama County Sheriff's Department 22840 Antelope Blvd, Red Bluff, CA 96080 

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

Corning Police Department 774 3rd Street, Corning, CA 96021,

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-6PM


Check out the Butte and Tehama Counties Medication Disposal White Board Video for more information!


FREE Home-Generated Medical Waste Sharps Disposal for Tehama County Residents

Did you know it is against the law to dispose of needles, lancets or any device that pierces the skin in the trash or recycling?  The law helps protect solid waste employees and the environment. Tehama County residents can dispose of their sharps Free of Charge using free sharps containers.

By law, businesses can not participate and must have their sharps picked up by a medical waste hauler.

Residents follow the EASY instructions below:



No hassles, and it helps us all live in a safer environment.  It’s easy, FREE, and there is no paperwork!


Step 1:  Pick up a free sharps container at one of the following locations:




1.Tehama County Health Services Agency Outpatient Clinic

        1850 Walnut St., RB Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

2.Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill

        19995 Plymire Rd., RB Mon - Fri 8:00 - 4:30 and Sat & Sun 8:00 - 2:30 

3.Tehama County Health Services Agency - Corning Office

        275 Solano St., Corning Mon - Thurs 8:00-12:and 1:00-5:00 

4.St. Elizabeth Hospital (Front Desk) 

       2550 Sister Mary Columba Dr., Red Bluff 

5.Rancho Tehama Transfer Station 

       17715 Rancho Tehama Rd., RT 

6.Latimer’s Pharmacy

       7885 Hwy 99E Los Molinos

7.Bowman Road Fire Station 

       18355 Bowman Rd. Cottonwood

8.Corning Fire Department (inside)

         814 5th Street, Corning




Step 2:  Once you have placed your used needles into your sharps container(s), drop it into one of the kiosks conveniently located below:

sharps kiosk

1.Bowman Road Fire

         18355 Bowman Rd., Cottonwood

2. Latimer’s Pharmacy (inside)

       7885 Hwy 99E, Los Molinos

3. St. Elizabeth Hospital Campus Coyne Center 

       2550 Sister Mary Columba Dr., Red Bluff

4. Tehama County / Red Bluff Landfill    

       19995 Plymire Rd., Red Bluff

5. Tehama County Health Services Agency Medical Clinic

       1850 Walnut St., Red Bluff

6. Rancho Tehama Transfer Station 

       17715 Rancho Tehama Rd., Rancho Tehama

7. Corning HHW Facility at Corning Disposal 

       3281 Highway 99W, Corning

8.  Corning Fire Department (inside)

        814 5th Street, Corning

Loose needles or lancets can NOT be placed into the kiosks.

Residents MUST place their sharps into a medically approved sharps container and then place the container into the kiosk. 


Mail Back Services


In addition to the Tehama County Medical Waste Sharps Collection Program, some manufacturers provide a FREE sharps mail back service for users of their products.  This convenient service provides the sharps disposal container and the pre-paid shipping box.  The following manufacturers provide this service:


  1.  Patients can sign up for the free Sharps (needles) Mail-Back service on HUMIRA’s website www.myHUMIRA.com or toll-free number at 1-800­-448-6472.
  2.  Information about the Sharps Mail Back Program is available on the ENBREL Support™ website at:  www.EnbrelSupport.com and through the  ENBREL Support™ Call Center at 1-888-436-2735.


Bristol-Myers. Sharps containers and return boxes can be requested for patients on ORENCIA®.      
                         Call 1-800-ORENCIA or log on to www.ORENCIA.com



EMD Serono Inc. California residents who take Rebif may enroll in a sharps mail back program
                              by calling 1-877-447-3243.


Janssen Biotech, Inc.  People treating with SIMPONI® can get information on SimponiOne® Safe Returns® by calling 1-877-697-4676 or log on to www.SimponiOne.com .


UCB Inc.  Sharps Disposal by Mail System program support is available by calling 1-866-424­-4942 or log on to www.CIMZIA.com.



The following Manufacturers Do Not Offer Free Mail Back Service At This Time:


CSL Behring
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Eisai, Inc.
Eli Lilly and Company
JHP Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Kadmon Pharmaceuticals
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Sandoz Inc.
Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
ViroPharma Incorporated


If you don't qualify for a free mail back program, the following mail-back services are approved by the California Department of Public Health:


GRP & Associates 
http://www.sharpsdisposal.com (800) 207-0976
Republic Services
Sharps Compliance, Inc.
www.sharpsinc.com (800) 772-5657
Stericycle, Inc.
https://www.stericycle.com/ (800) 355-8773 or (800) 527-0666
WCM (Waste & Compliance Management, Inc.)
Homes Sharps Disposal
http://www.wastewise.com (877) 436-9264
Waste Management MedWaste Tracker
MedPro Waste Disposal

Please note these mail-back services are not free.


Physicians offices, dental offices and hospitals which create a large volume of medical and infectious waste may not dispose of these wastes in the trash.  The California Department of Health Services Medical Waste Management Program regulates businesses in Tehama County which generate medical and infectious waste.  For more information on proper disposal of these wastes, contact the California Department of Health Services Waste Management Program at (916) 449-5671 (fax: 916-449-5665).


For more information on proper disposal of medical wastes other than sharps, contact the California Department of Health Services Waste Management Program at (916) 449-5671 (fax: 916-449-5665).