SHARPS DISPOSAL PROGRAM

Overview

The Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste Center (HHW), in cooperation with the Hamilton County Health Department, operates a collection program for used medical needles. Residents of Hamilton County can bring used needles, syringes, and lancets – also called sharps- to the HHW for proper disposal.  PLEASE recap injection pens if you bring them loose.  

If you are able, please register your visit in advance to help our program justification. 

Here is a video that shows how sharps container disposal works https://youtu.be/OesyIySxqOg 


Drop Off Site Guidelines:

  • In order to use the sharp disposal program at the HHW Center; used (or unused) needles, syringes, and lancets must be placed in an approved sharps container prior to being brought to the center. 
  • If needed, approved containers are available at the HHW Center.  If you have a large amount of needles please purchase a container to get your first initial amount under control.  You can buy containers on Amazon, CVS, Walgreens, etc.  
  • Once the initial container is full, it can be brought back and exchanged for a new one at no cost at the HHW Center. 
  • If you are using an ejection pen that can be recapped, and the cap will stay on, then your pens can be turned in loose (not in an approved sharps container).   This goes for Trulicity pens as well.  Please RECAP injection pens if you bring them loose.  

EXAMPLE OF AN APPROVED CONTAINER:

Sharps Container

Safety Tips:

1.  Only use approved sharps containers.
2. Tape lids closed for extra protection when transporting full sharps containers. 
3. Do not overfill containers. 
4. Keep containers away from children and animals.