Inhalers Alternative ways to recycle Hazardous Waste Hazardous Waste Collection Inhalers need special handling to avoid exposure for waste workers, the community, and the environment. City Specific Disposal OptionsPlease check with your city page (residential or commercial) to confirm if additional options are available, such as home collection, drop-off locations, and/or events. (These options vary per city.) Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-OffYour city or county may offer HHW drop-off sites and collection events.– Los Angeles County: S.A.F.E. Collection Centers and events– Riverside County– San Bernardino County– Ventura County Disposal Options For BusinessesHazardous waste cannot be placed in your containers. Schedule a Special Waste Collection by emailing [email protected] or calling Athens’ Customer Service Department at 888-336-6100. Fees may apply. Some HHW drop-off centers may allow drop off by small business generators (check links above). Never Throw in the Garbage Older inhalers contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). CFCs can damage the ozone layer, so never throw them in the garbage. Follow the disposal instructions on the inhaler’s label and dispose of them as hazardous waste. Never Puncture or Burn Do not puncture the container or throw it into the fire because an inhaler is an aerosol product and could explode. Alternative Ways to Recycle Return Used Cartridges to the Pharmacy Some pharmacies and law enforcement offices are registered with the DEA as authorized drug collectors. You can drop off used inhaler cartridges at these locations. Find a DEA-authorized disposal location.