Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO
Do not put in the garbage!
No syringes or sharps, even if clipped, can be disposed of in the garbage. Used syringes should be placed in a puncture resistant container with a tight fitting lid, labeled "SHARPS, DO NOT RECYCLE" and taken to the Transfer Station and put in the special collection bin for disposal - free (limit one gallon per trip).
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  • Check with your pharmacy. Many stores that sell sharps containers accept the full containers for disposal.
  • Ask your health care provider if you can return used sharps to his/her office or clinic.
  • Dispose of sharps at the Recycling and Disposal Stations for no charge. See instructions below.
  • Public Health Center patients can dispose of sharps 24 hours a day in syringe drop boxes located outside public clinics. See Seattle/ King County Public Health Sharps Disposal Options for locations.
  • People who use illegal drugs can drop off sharps at a Seattle/ King County Public Health Needle Exchange.
  • Businesses that need to dispose of sharps should call the Seattle & King County Department of Public Health at (206) 263-9566.
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