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Sharps Disposal for Households

Medical sharps, such as needles, syringes and lancets, pose an injury risk for anyone who comes into contact with these items. It is very important to properly package and dispose of all sharps. NEVER flush needles and other sharp medical items down a toilet, and never place them in the trash, recycling, or into medication collection drop boxes.


Please take your household medical sharps to a registered sharps collection location. You can find an updated list of locations on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.

Many health care clinics, hospitals or health care facilities may also accept sharps, but may not appear on the list of registered collection stations. Call your local pharmacy or health care facility about options near you.


Please note that some sharps collection stations may charge some or all users a small fee. Some stations may only accept containers previously purchased at that location. Call ahead to be sure.

For more information, contact your health care provider or visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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