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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Avenal’s Local News
Volume 19 Number 46
Sharps disposal in Kings County now easier than ever
Shown above the new sharps waste kiosk in front of the Avenal Police Department along side the prescription medication take back kiosk.
Photo submitted
Department of Public
Health in partnership with
the Kings County Sheriff’s
Office, Avenal Police
Police Department, and
Department is pleased to
announce the installation of
sharps waste kiosks. These
kiosks are co-located with
the recently installed "prescription medication take
back" receptacles between
the Sheriff's Administration
and Operations buildings in
Hanford and at the Avenal,
Corcoran, and Lemoore
Police Departments.
Many residents of Kings
County find themselves in
possession of syringes, needles, lancets or other
"sharp" items which they
may have difficulty disposing of. The improper disposal of these sharps presents a danger to those who
may handle them. SB1305
which was passed in 2008
regulates household sharps
waste, and the law prohibits
people from placing homegenerated sharps waste in
residential municipal solid
waste collection containers,
including recyclable materials or greenwaste, and rolloff containers used for construction and demolition
debris. The law also
requires that sharps waste
be transported in an
approved sharps container
and managed by an authorized facility.
The kiosks’ receptacle is
approximately 53" tall by
approximately 24" wide
and is made using 14 gauge
steel, meaning that they are
low maintenance as well as
difficult to damage. The
kiosk accommodates a 38gallon re-usable container.
Kiosks feature a durable
exterior locking mechanism. (see attached photos
of all of the kiosks)
Anyone wanting to safely
dispose of their sharps can
bring them to the kiosks
Av enal’s Week end Weather
W armer this weekend and sunny
Highs in the high 60’ s to low 70’ s and lows in the mid 40’ s.
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located at the Sheriff's
Office or the Police
Departments and dispose of
them in a safe and legal
manner. The items deposited will remain completely
anonymous. Residents may
put the sharps directly into
the kiosk or they may
deposit their sharps container into the kiosk.
The kiosk contains a large
sharps container that will be
exchanged by a licensed
medical waste hauler so that
there is always an opportunity for disposal. Full
sharps containers can still
be dropped off at Kings
Waste Recycling Authority
(KWRA) at 7803 HanfordArmona Rd., Hanford, CA.
Call KWRA at (559) 5838829 for a listing of their
drop-off times.
Article submitted by Kings
County Department of
Public Health.
Community Events
& Announcements
Avenal’s Got Talent Contest
Rescheduled for April 18, 2015
at Rice Park during “Stop, Look and Listen” Kids Day.
If you are interested or know anyone who is stop by City Hall between
8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to pick up a registration form.
We will be holding a parent/contestant meeting prior to contest to go
over rules. Time and place TBD. If you have any questions call City
Hall and ask to speak to either Anna (bi-lingual) or Sheila - 386-5766
Food Distribution
Distribucion de Comida
High: 67° Low: 42°
High: 69° Low: 44°
High: 74° Low: 47°
Landfill open:
Mon. - Fri. 5 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sat. 6 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Friday, February 20, 2015, Friday, March 20, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015, Friday, May 15, 2015
from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at Avenal Adult School, 205 Park Ave., Avenal
Avenal Residents only
Solamente Residentes de Avenal
email announcements to [email protected]