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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:
- Seattle Public Utilities Illegal Dumping Hotline:
- Call (206) 684-7587, or
- Report illegal dumping online
- Find it, Fix it smartphone app
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:
- Dr. José Rizal Park (1007 12th Ave S, Seattle, 98144)
- Intersection of Airport Way South and South Holgate Street
- Intersection of 27th Avenue South and Cheasty Boulevard South (center median)
- Fremont Canal Park (199 North Canal St, Seattle, WA 98103)
- Freeway Park (700 Seneca St)
- Licton Springs Park (9536 Ashworth Ave N, Seattle, 98103)
- Mineral Springs Park (1500 North 105th St, Seattle, WA 98133)
- Roxhill Park (2850 SW Roxbury St, Seattle, WA 98126)
- 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:
- North or South transfer stations
Note: Sharps disposed at the transfer stations must be put in a puncture resistant container with tight fitting lid such as a plastic bottle (see sharps handling instructions).
- Needle exchanges
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.