Due to the pandemic, disposal sites may be temporarily closed or altered their hours. We recommend calling or visiting the program website.
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 Buncombe County, Cumberland County, Durham County, Henderson County, New Hanover County and Orange County.
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Please note that SafeNeedleDisposal.org is not affiliated with these facilities or programs. Contact the individual facility to confirm hours of operation and requirements.
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The Waste Management Division of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued the following guidelines for household-generated sharps: Household waste is not included in the definition of medical waste and is not subject to the medical waste management rules. However, home users of sharps are urged to place sharps in hard wall containers before disposal in order to protect garbage collectors from needle sticks Click Here to Open
A few counties have imposed local restrictions on sharps disposed from private homes. Home healthcare agencies may find it prudent to assist in proper disposal of sharps used to administer care to patients in their homes. This is not specifically required by the rules. Used needles from farms are subject to the rules and are not considered household waste. Such waste is more similar to veterinary waste than household waste.