Syringes & Needles (Sharps)

(Last Updated: 2/16/2021)

Sharps are needles, syringes, lancets, blood test strips, EpiPens, and intravenous tubing with needles attached (used or unused).

These cannot go in the garbage or recycling. Follow the safe disposal instructions below.

See Sharps Disposal Brochure


What to do with sharps found in public or private places

Report location to Kitsap Public Health.. Mark location with highly visible marker to make sharps easy to find.

If there's an immediate risk to people or pets, call 911 or safely pick them up:

  • Place a safe sharps container (see below) on level ground or another flat surface. Do not hold the container.

  • Transfer sharps into container using tongs or pliers. Never use your hands, even if gloved.

  • When container is ¾ full, secure lid or cap. Label container "SHARPS - BIOHAZARD."

  • Take container to free disposal site. Do not put in trash.


Safe containers for sharps

Put sharps into a laundry detergent bottle, bleach bottle, 2-liter soda bottle, or FDA-Cleared sharps container.

Other containers are not accepted.


Free sharps disposal sites for residents

Limit three accepted containers per day, per person. Tell site attendants you have sharps before removing them from vehicle.

Contact Kitsap Public Health at (360) 728-2235 to ask about cleanups or disposal of larger quantities of sharps.


Sharps disposal for businesses

The disposal sites listed above do not accept sharps from businesses. Information listed here for HOUSEHOLD ITEMS ONLY. View the Business Disposal and Recycling Guide.