Home medical waste: sharps & needles

It is illegal to dispose with trash and to mix with recycling.

Disposal instructions may be found at Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes (Mass DPH), or ask your pharmacist.sharps

Needles and lancets may infect people or animals who come in contact with trash or recycling. Keep needles, syringes, and lancelets in secure plastic containers out of the reach of children.

Secure sharps collection containers are sold at CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid for about $5, and at HVMA for $2.50.
 accept needles brought in secure plastic containers (not loose):

Abington Health Department, 500 Gliniewicz Road, M-F 8am-4pm

Cohasset Town Hall, 41 Highland Ave

Duxbury Fire Dept, 668 Tremont Street, M-Sat, 8am-4pm

Hanover Fire Dept., 32 Center Street

Hingham Transfer Station (residents only)

 Hull Police Dept., 1 School St; sharps containers available at Board of Health, 253 Atlantic Ave., suggested donation $5 

Kingston Fire Department, 105 Pembroke Street

Middleboro Health Department, 10 Nickerson Avenue

Rockland Board of Health, 242 Union Street

Scituate Fire Department, 149 First Parish Road

Weymouth DPW, 120 Winter Street

Weymouth Town Hall, 75 Middle Road

Whitman BOH, 54 South Avenue

Check with your Visiting Nurse Association to see if there is a needle or prescription drug collection or re-use program in your area.

For more information, contact the Mass. Dept of Public Health, Division of Community Sanitation  617-727-2660.