Sharps Disposal

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sharps are: lancets, hypodermic needles and syringes, scalpel blades, and glass articles that have been broken. 

 The Service Department will collect Sharps with the normal weekly rubbish.  These items must be placed in a Sharps container, with the word “SHARPS” written in big block letters on all sides of the container so that it is visible to the sanitation crew. 

A Sharps container is a rigid, leak-proof, puncture-resistant container with a tight fitting lid. Common household containers that match this description are:

  • Detergent bottles
  • Bleach bottles
  • 2-liter pop bottles
  • Plastic juice containers
  • Coffee cans (if lid is securely taped to the can)