Merced County Community and Economic Development Department, Division of Environmental Health (MCDEH) is the local enforcement agency responsible for administering the State’s Medical Waste Management Program in Merced County. The program oversees registration requirements for small and large quantity medical waste generators and conducts annual inspections of large quantity generators and facilities with onsite treatment.
Encouraging Proper Containment and Disposal
The program also encourages, through public education and awareness, proper containment and disposal of home-generated sharps such as needles, lancets, and syringes. Safely and securely contained home-generated sharps can be taken to MCDEH for proper disposal. MCDEH is not able to accept items with unused or partially used medicines still in the syringes. Please view the documents provided below for guidance on the safe disposal of home-generated sharps.
Register as a Medical Waste Generator
To apply to register as a Medical Waste Generator in Merced County, please submit a completed Medical Waste Generator Registration Application. All small quantity generators are required to resubmit the application every two years. All large quantity generators are required to resubmit the application every year. Depending on the generator type, an annual fee is required to be paid for the registration/permit. Please contact MCDEH to find out which fee(s) may apply to your facility. Please download the Medical Waste Generator Registration Application available on MCDEH’s website.
Small quantity and large quantity generators with onsite treatment are required to submit a completed Medical Waste Management Plan (MWMP), in additional to the application. Please download the MWMP template available on MCDEH’s website if you do not already have a plan that meets the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) checklist of requirements.
Medical Waste Law
Frequently Asked Questions
- Medical Waste Generator Registration Application
- Medical Waste Management Plan Form
- Medical Waste Tracking Document Form
- Safe Disposal of Home-generated Sharps
- Desecho Sanitario de Jeringas y Objetos Puntiagudos - Generados en Casa
Disposal Methods of Unused Medications
- Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicine
- Como y Donde Deshacerse de los Medicamentos Sin Utilizar
- FDA's List of Medications Recommended for Disposal by Flushing
Donating Unused Insulin
Amalgam Waste Recycling
- Amalgam at Dental Offices
- Environmental Protection Agency Amalgam Recycling Rule
- CA Dental Association Best Management Practices for Amalgam Waste
We are now accepting home-generated sharps at the following locations:
Human Services Agency
415 F Street
Los Banos, CA
Merced County Department of Public Health,
Division of Environmental Health
260 E. 15th Street