What to Do with Used Sharps in Washington

Washington residents - except for residents of Seattle - may place used sharps in a strong, plastic container - like a laundry detergent or bleach bottle - seal container with duct tape and label DO NOT RECYCLE. Place in the trash, not the recycling.

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, there are drop-off locations in several counties.