Syringes & Needles (Sharps)

(Last Updated: 10/25/2019)

Needles, syringes, lancets, blood test strips, EpiPens, and intravenous tubing with needles attached (used or unused) cannot go in the garbage or recycling. Follow the safe disposal instructions below.

Businesses cannot drop off sharps and must purchase their own sharps disposal service.


Follow these safe packaging instructions and then take the containers to a FREE disposal site listed below. Limit three containers per day, per person. 

  • Place sharps into a laundry detergent bottle, bleach bottle, 2-liter soda bottle, or red sharps container. (Kitsap Public Health only accepts red sharps containers.)

  • Do not overfill the container.

At the Facility

Tell the attendant you have sharps before removing containers from your vehicle.

At Olympic View Transfer Station, drive over the scale and into the building to recycle sharps. They aren't collected in the outdoor recycling area.


Mail-Back Services

Subscribe to a mail-in sharps disposal service. At the pharmacy or online, you can purchase red sharps containers that include a mailing return label.

Bainbridge Island Transfer Station
7215 NE Vincent Rd. Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
206-842-0962 | Website | Map
Kitsap County Hansville Recycling & Garbage Facility
7791 NE Ecology Rd. Kingston, WA 98346
360-638-2710 | Website | Map
Kitsap County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
5551 SW Imperial Way Bremerton, WA 98312
360-337-5777 | Website | Map
Kitsap Public Health District
345 6th St. Suite 300 Bremerton, WA 98337
360-728-2235 | Website | Map
Kitsap County Olalla Recycling & Garbage Facility
2850 SE Burley-Olalla Rd. Olalla, WA 98359
253-857-5034 | Website | Map
Kitsap County Olympic View Transfer Station
9380 SW Barney White Rd Bremerton, WA 98312
360-674-2297 | Website | Map
Kitsap County Silverdale Recycling & Garbage Facility
8843 NW Dickey Rd Silverdale, WA 98383
360-692-5900 | Website | Map
Stericycle- Sharps Mailback
866-783-7422 | Website | Map
Waste Management-Sharps Mailback
(866) 967-3292 | Website | Map


What should you do if you find loose needles/syringes dumped somewhere?  Report them - don't try to retrieve them yourself. Call the Kitsap Public Health District at 360-728-2235 and ask for the solid waste inspector. Provide your name, contact information. and a detailed description or the location. If possible, place a highly visible marker or flag at the dumpsite.

Kitsap Public Health District
345 6th St. Suite 300 Bremerton, WA 98337
360-728-2235 | Website | Map