Massachusetts residents must take sealed containers of used sharps to a drop-off site or arrange a mail-back service. Please check this page for disposal options in your area. If there is no disposal program near you, contact your local health department or solid waste department.
Sharps that retract after use, or are very small, should be disposed of like all other sharps.
Most cities and towns in Massachusetts have disposal locations. 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.
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A statewide ban on the disposal of needles, syringes and lancets went into effect on July 1, 2012, amending Regulation 105 CMR 480.00 Minimum Requirements for the Management of Medical or Biological Waste (State Sanitary Code Chapter VII). Most Massachusetts communities have a disposal drop-off location or accept sharps at household hazardous waste day events. If there is no program in your community, contact your city or county health department.
Medical sharps must be stored and disposed of in a sealable, puncture-resistant container. Home sharps containers can be purchased at most pharmacies. Disposal sites will not accept loose needles or sharps in bags or glass containers.