Due to the pandemic, disposal sites may be temporarily closed or altered their hours. We recommend calling or visiting the program website.

What to Do with Used Sharps in Oregon

Put used sharps in a strong, plastic container that is red.

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.

When it comes to getting rid of your sealed container of used sharps, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued the following guidelines for disposal.

You may also use the ZIP Code search at the top of this page to locate container disposal options near you.

Never throw used sharps — loose or in a plastic container — into the trash or toilet, and never recycle.

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, red container to a community sharps disposal program, there are drop-off locations in several counties. Call the program to confirm if there are any container requirements, disposal fees or residency restrictions. Click here for information on pharmaceutical company takeback programs.