OCRRA offers directions and guidance for residents to properly dispose of used sharps and syringes in their residential trash (see below). This guidance does not apply to schools and businesses in our community. A business or organization that has a sharps collection program should contact the local or state department of health and/or contact an environmental firm that is properly permitted by the state to manage biohazard medical waste.



NEVER place containers of sharps (needles, syringes, and lancets) in the blue bin.

  1. Several health centers and hospitals will accept sharps from residents. This encourages the safe disposal of sharps for people with medical conditions that require at-home, self-injections. Please call these locations to confirm hours and exact location for drop-off.
  2. Onondaga County offers the “Sharps, Needles and Drug Disposal” program, with drug (and needle) collection points at various locations.
  3. Sharps can also be placed in clean, biohazard-labeled sharps containers or in clean, heavy plastic bleach or laundry detergent bottle with a screw-on cap. Containers must be leak-proof, labeled as “Sharps” and the tops should be taped shut. Then they can go in the trash.

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