Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, Director
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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