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Due to Washington State Law, sharps must be kept out of the waste stream and are not accepted for disposal at solid waste facilities. Used syringes, needles and lancets (collectively called “sharps”) do not belong in the garbage or recycling. They can injure garbage collectors and other workers. They should not be flushed down the toilet. Used needles require special handling and disposal in order to protect public health and the environment.


A special “Sharps Collector” is available from some local pharmacies and other service providers (check online sources as well). The containers are puncture-proof plastic with a lid. They hold a large number of syringes, and can be returned to a participating pharmacy or agency for safe disposal. For more information on where sharps can be disposed of please visit Search Results - Safe Needle Disposal.

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