Sharps Collection Program


SPU Sharps Collection Program

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The Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Sharps Collection Program provides safe disposal of "sharps" (syringes, needles, and lancets) with the following services: removal of sharps from public property within 24 hours and securing sharps disposal boxes in eight locations throughout the city.


Reporting Sharps for Removal From Public Property

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 residents, garbage collection workers, and other employees that handle the garbage. Always use a designated sharps disposal container for used sharps. View the map below or download a PDF map of all drop-off locations.

Secure sharps disposal box locations

Two types of 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 N Canal St, Seattle, WA 98107)
  • Freeway Park (700 Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98101)
  • Airport Way S (Airport Way S & S Holgate St, Seattle, WA 98134)
  • Mt. Baker (27th Ave S & S Winthrop St center median, Seattle, WA 98144)
  • Mineral Springs Park (1500 N 105th St, Seattle, WA 98133)
  • Roxhill Park (9250 29th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126)
  • Rainier Ave S & I-90 Trail (1199 Hiawatha Pl S, Seattle, WA 98144)
  • N 89th St & Aurora Ave N (8821 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103)

Smaller disposal bins located inside Seattle Parks restrooms:
(for disposal of single sharps only)

  • Dr. José Rizal Park (1101 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134)
  • Licton Springs Park (9536 Ashworth Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103)
  • Westcrest Park (9000 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106)

Disposal box locations are distributed across all geographic sectors of Seattle. These include 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 eight city-wide disposal boxes, sharps can be disposed at:


Removing Sharps Found on Private Property

Please see our video on how to pick up sharps safely.

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 the disposal options above.