Sharps (Needles) Disposal

Safe Needle Disposal

Even though household sharps can legally be put into the trash, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) encourages citizens to dispose of used sharps in a specific way.

  • Place sharps in clear, hard plastic (laundry style) containers with a secure screw-on cap
  • Label container: SHARPS
  • When container is half-full, tightly seal it in your garbage (not recycle) cart
  • See MPCA bulletin for proper disposal.