Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

Sharps Collection Pilot

The City of Seattle sharps pilot program provides safe disposal of “sharps” (syringes, needles, and lancets) with the following services:

  • Removal of sharps from public property within 24 hours.
  • Secure sharps disposal boxes in 6 locations throughout the city.

Report sharps for removal from public property in Seattle

If you find a syringe on public property (sidewalks, parking strips, streets, other public rights-of-way, or on the grounds of city facilities) report it to:

Where to dispose of sharps

Sharps are not allowed in the garbage in Seattle because they can injure garbage collection workers, individual residents, and employees that handle the garbage. Always use a designated sharps disposal container for used sharps. View map of all drop-off locations (pdf).

Secure sharps disposal box locations

Sharps disposal box locations are listed below:

Large, mailbox-sized bins available outdoors, 24/7:

For disposal of containers up to 2 Liters

  • Fremont Canal Park (199 North Canal St, Seattle, WA 98103)
  • Freeway Park (700 Seneca St)
  • Intersection of Airport Way South and South Holgate Street
  • Intersection of 27th Avenue South and Cheasty Boulevard South (center median)
  • Mineral Springs Park (1500 North 105th St, Seattle, WA 98133)
  • Roxhill Park (2850 SW Roxbury St, Seattle, WA 98126)

Smaller disposal bins located inside Seattle Parks Restrooms:

For disposal of single sharps only

  • Dr. José Rizal Park (1007 12th Ave S, Seattle, 98144)
  • Licton Springs Park (9536 Ashworth Ave N, Seattle, 98103)
  • Westcrest Park (9000 8th Ave SW, Seattle, 98106)

Disposal box locations are distributed across all geographic sectors of Seattle, in areas where reports of sharps on public property have been relatively high and in visible areas where space is available on public property.

Other sharps disposal locations

In addition to the six city-wide disposal boxes, sharps can be disposed at:

Instructions for removing sharps found on private property

If you find a syringe on private property, do not pick it up with your bare hands. Follow the sharps handling instructions below.

If you are unsure if the item you are reporting is on public property, call the Customer Service Bureau, (206) 684-2489 (CITY), for more information.

Sharps handling instructions

  • Do not pick them up with your bare hands. Use a glove and tongs, shovel, or broom and dustpan.
  • Place used sharps and syringes in a manufactured sharps container (purchase at pharmacies) or a 2-liter plastic soda pop bottle. Make sure the lid fits tightly and tape it shut. If you use a plastic pop bottle, label it: "SHARPS, DO NOT RECYCLE."
  • Do not break the needle off from the syringe. If the needle gets broken off from a syringe you have personally used, pull the plunger out of the barrel, put the needle in the barrel, and then replace the plunger.
  • Do not put sharps in the garbage. See disposal options above.