What to Do with Used Sharps in Tennessee

Put used sharps in a strong, plastic container.

Put used sharps in a strong, plastic container.

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, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservations sponsors seasonal household hazardous waste collection events that accept properly contained sharps from Tennessee residents.