The Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste Stewardship law (Public Resources Code sections 42030 through 42036.4) requires the establishment and implementation of statewide programs for the proper collection, management, and disposal of covered pharmaceutical and home generated sharps waste products.

Program News

  • October 4, 2021: CalRecycle distributed a notification of approaching pharmaceutical and sharps compliance requirements indicating covered products sold or offered for sale by a covered entity must be part of an approved stewardship plan by January 7, 2022.

Resource Information

CalRecycle’s Pharmaceutical & Sharps Enforcement team provides compliance oversight and, as necessary, enforcement of the Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste Stewardship law. The inspectors determine compliance through research and field inspections.

Pharmaceutical and Sharps Inspectors
Inspectors Job Title State of California Badge ID
Trevor O’ShaughnessyManager164
Eric Yee Supervisor 627
Brett Johnson Environmental Scientist 626
Ivy Nguyen Environmental Scientist 625

For information about CalRecycle’s pharmaceutical and sharps compliance and enforcement oversight contact PharmaSharpsEnforcement@calrecycle.ca.gov. To learn more about California’s pharmaceutical and sharps law, go to the Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste Stewardship Homepage.