(Last Updated: 8/23/2018)
Free disposal for syringes and needles (known as "sharps") at county facilities is for residents only. Businesses cannot drop off sharps. They must purchase their own sharps disposal service.
Includes needles, syringes, lancets, blood test strips, and intravenous tubing with needles attached, used or not. Do not put these in the garbage.
If you regularly have sharps, consider subscribing to a sharps mailback service. Waste Management and Stericycle provide two options. Or ask your health care provider or pharmacist if they accept sharps. For detailed disposal information view the Sharps Disposal Guide.
If you're taking sharps to a facility, follow these steps:
Place in a manufactured sharps container (buy at pharmacies) or 2-liter PET plastic soda bottle. Seal lid tightly. Tape shut for added safety. Label soda bottles with "sharps, do not recycle." Watch our short video on properly preparing your sharps.
Notify the facility attendant you have sharps before you remove them from your vehicle.
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.