How to Deal with Sharps Responsibly
Improper disposal of needles and other medical sharps can cause needle-stick injuries, especially for garbage collectors. Please throw your used needles away safely. Needles, sharps or sharps containers should not be included in your household trash. Collection programs for these items are available in many locations throughout the country. Use the links below to find the location closest to you.
California residents please note: Beginning September 1, 2008, California law prohibits placement of home-generated sharps in the trash or recycling receptacles. Sharps must be taken — in an approved sharps container — to one of the approved drop-off locations within the State. More information about the State requirements.
National SearchEstablished in August 2002, the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal is a coalition of businesses, community groups, non-profit organizations and government that promotes public awareness and solutions for safe disposal of needles, syringes, and other sharps in the community. The Coalition website provides a searchable database of locations that accept used sharps. Start your search for a disposal location.
State/County SearchIf you are unable to find a convenient disposal location using the National Search above, the links below may be helpful. Some states provide a listing of their sharps collection areas and programs. Because the number of locations and programs is constantly growing, the state listings can provide information about disposal locations that are not yet included on the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal website.
- Santa Clara County listing of disposal centers within the county that will take sharps
- Medical Waste Disposal Directory. If you are searching for facilities that collect sharps for disposal, this directory enables you to locate one that is near to where you live or work
- Local Jurisdiction Sharps Collection Programs, revised August 2008
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Seattle and King Counties in Washington State
- Spokane County in Washington State