70A.228.030  <<  70A.228.040 >>   70A.228.050

Residential sharpsDisposalViolation.

(1) A person shall not intentionally place unprotected sharps or a sharps waste container into: (a) Recycling containers provided by a city, county, or solid waste collection company, or any other recycling collection site unless that site is specifically designated by a local health department as a drop-off site for sharps waste containers; or (b) cans, carts, drop boxes, or other containers in which refuse, trash, or solid waste has been placed for collection if a source separated collection service is provided for residential sharps waste.
(2) Local health departments shall enforce this section, primarily through an educational approach regarding proper disposal of residential sharps. On the first and second violation, the health department shall provide a warning to the person that includes information on proper disposal of residential sharps. A subsequent violation shall be a class 3 infraction under chapter 7.80 RCW.
(3) It is not a violation of this section to place a sharps waste container into a household refuse receptacle if the utilities and transportation commission determines that such placement is necessary to reduce the potential for theft of the sharps waste container.
[ 1994 c 165 § 3. Formerly RCW 70.95K.030.]


Effective date1994 c 165 § 3: "Section 3 of this act shall take effect July 1, 1995." [ 1994 c 165 § 6.]
FindingsPurposeIntent1994 c 165: See note following RCW 70A.228.010.
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