Needles and Sharps

Recommended disposal options

Check with your healthcare provider

Check with your healthcare provider to see if they collect sharps for disposal.

Destroy at home

Destroy your sharps at home by purchasing a destruction unit or contact Safeguard Medical Technologies, 877-797-4277.

Use a mail-in program

Use a mail-in program for syringes and needles.

Hennepin County drop-off facilities

See restrictions and instructions below:

Drop-off facilities accept:

Sharps (needles, lancets, and syringes) from households only.

Fee

No charge

Materials preparation

 

1. Prepare your needles and sharps

Store in a rigid, puncture-resistant, plastic container with a screw-on lid. Examples include empty laundry detergent bottles with screw-on lids. You can also purchase a sharps disposable container from a pharmacy. Do NOT use a glass container.

Label the empty container, "Do not recycle: Household sharps."

Put used needles into the container point-first. Note: Do not put unused medicines contained in sharps (epi-pens) in your container.

Only fill your container half full of needles and sharps.

Keep the lid screwed on the container to prevent spills.

2. Remember to bring

Proof of residency, such as a driver's license, is required.

3. Dispose of needles and sharps at the county's drop-off facilities

Staff will guide you to the needles and sharps drop-off area. Your sharps must be in a proper container, and you will be responsible for placing your container into the drop-off bin.

Note: Sharps will not be accepted if not in a rigid, puncture-resistant, plastic container with a screw-on lid. Staff will not handle needles and sharps.

Drop-off facilities do not accept:

Hennepin County does not accept medicines or unused medicines contained in sharps (epi-pens) at the county drop-off facilities.

Hennepin County does not accept needles and sharps from businesses -- which includes healthcare facilities, pharmacies, pharmaceutical representatives, doctor's offices and veterinary clinics.

Hazardous materials precaution

Dispose of sharps safely to prevent injury and disease transmission from needle-sticks. Never place containers with used needles or syringes or loose needles in a recycling bin or garbage.

Safe storage of needles and sharps

Safe needles and sharps storage

Store your needles and sharps in a rigid, puncture resistant, plastic container with a screw-on lid. Examples include empty laundry detergent bottles with screw-on lids. You can also purchase a sharps disposable container from a pharmacy. Do NOT use a glass container.