Needles and syringes, often referred to as sharps, should not be placed in the garbage, recycling containers, or down the toilet. Sharps are defined as having the potential to puncture or lacerate. These include syringes with needles, detached needles, and disposable lancets. Because they are used for medical purposes, or may have come in contact with garbage or wastewater, sharps may carry infectious diseases and can pose a danger to solid waste workers or anyone who accidentally comes in contact with them.
PLEASE NOTE: The SWA does NOT accept sharps or biomedical waste at any facility.
Do not place sharps in the garbage or recycling.
The Palm Beach County Health Department has a Sharps Depository program specifically for home users. For information and drop-off locations, call the Health Department's Biomedical Waste Section at 561-837-5900.
Current Palm Beach County Health Department sharps exchange locations:
Jupiter Auxiliary Health Center
6405 Indiantown Road in Jupiter
West Palm Beach Health Center
1150 45th St. in West Palm Beach
C.L. Brumback Health Center
38754 State Road 80 in Belle Glade
Lantana / Lake Worth Health Center
1250 Southwinds Drive in Lantana
Delray Beach Health Center
225 S. Congress Ave. in Delray Beach
For more information on sharps disposal, please view the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Palm Beach County Health Department publications on the right hand side of this page.
Some pharmacies also have mail-back programs available.
Disposal of commercially generated medical waste, such as from doctors, dentists, veterinarians offices, and other medical facilities and labs is regulated by State and local ordinance. Contact the Palm Beach County Health Department for a list of licensed medical waste transporters and waste treatment facilities.