How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?
Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.
Depending on the condition of the syringe or medical sharp, there are some Community Disposal Outlets listed below that can repurpose new and unused products.
Once used, medical sharps should never be shared or reused. See the Proper Disposal tab on how to responsible get rid of your needles and medical sharps!
Needles and medical sharps cannot be composted.
Needles and medicals sharps SHOULD NEVER go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart as the can injury or harm a sort line worker or waste hauler.
DO NOT place sharps inside a milk jug, laundry detergent jug or other container as they easily can pop open, spilling all of the medical sharps.
Special Collection Recycling does not apply to medical sharps disposal.
Responsibly dispose of your used needles, lancets, and other medical sharps through Kent County’s FREE SafeSharps Program. The link can provide you with more program details including when and where to pick-up and return your free sharps container.
DO NOT flush any medical sharps down the toilet/drain or throw them in the trash as it could have detrimental impacts on public and environmental health.
Improper disposal of needles and other medical sharps, including tossing them into the trash, can to lead to a variety of severe problems for our community members and the environment surrounding us.
These problems include but are not limited to drug abuse/addiction, overdose, death, contamination of our waterways, additional clean-up and processing costs for municipalities, and overall poor human and environmental health. Only by disposing of these medical sharps properly, can we keep our friends, family, community, and environment safe.
Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.