Destroy at home
Devices or containers with mechanisms that bend, break, incinerate (destroy with high heat), or shear needles are called sharps needle destruction devices.
A destruction device that incinerates needles and lancets can be used at home to destroy sharps immediately after use. Once a needle or lancet is destroyed, the remaining syringe and melted metal can be safely disposed of in the garbage (not a recycling container).
A needle cutter that automatically stores the cut needles is also useful while away from home. A needle clipper that stores clipped needles should be disposed of at a sharps collection site or through a mail-back program.
Use a mail-in program
Use a mail-in program for syringes and needles.
Hennepin County drop-off facilities
See restrictions and instructions below: