What to Do with Used Sharps in New York

Put used sharps in a strong, plastic container.

Put used sharps in a strong, plastic container.


Have a needle clipper? When the needle clipper is full, it can be disposed of according to your state or local regulations. More information can be found here.

Put the plastic container in the household trash-don't recycle!

Put the plastic container in the household trash - don't recycle!

If a trash collector is reluctant to collect a red sharps container, refer them to your state waste agency.

Sharps should never be thrown loosely into the trash or toilet.

Sharps that retract after use, or are very small, should be disposed of like all other sharps.

If you would like to bring your sealed container to a community sharps disposal program, all hospitals and nursing homes in the state of New York, with the exception of federal facilities, are mandated by law to accept properly contained home-generated sharps.