Medical Waste / Sharps

Syringes / Sharps


  • Place the used sharp / syringe in a puncture resistant container such as a 2-liter pop bottle or liquid laundry detergent bottle. Make sure the cap is tightly secured; label the container, "Home Sharps" and place it in the garbage for disposal at a solid waste transfer station.
  • Purchase a red home sharps disposal container at a local pharmacy. When the container is full, it can be placed in the garbage for disposal at a solid waste transfer station.

For more information please visit these websites:

Managing Unwanted Medications

Safe Disposal Options for Needle and Syringes

Safe Community Needle Disposal

Prescription Medication & Bottles


  • Unused prescription medication and over-the-counter medications may be properly placed in your trash. Please refer to the Medical Waste Disposal Brochure.
  • Medications such as insulin may be disposed of in the garbage.
  • Prescription bottles that have recycling symbol and number can be recycled while all unmarked bottles should be thrown in the garbage. 
  • Medications that have been used to treat cancer, such as chemotherapy drugs, should not be placed in your garbage or sewer. Properly dispose of these types of drugs in Take it to the Box containers at law enforcement centers throughout the county.
Oxygen & IV Tubing
  • Oxygen tubing should be wrapped and disposed of in the garbage. It should never be placed with recyclable materials.
  • IV tubing used in home health care should be wrapped and disposed of in the garbage.
Bandages, Disposable Sheets, & Used Latex Gloves
Soiled bandages, sheets / bedding and medical gloves used in home health care should be placed in a plastic garbage bag, tied closed and put in the garbage for disposal at a solid waste transfer station or with your solid waste hauler.

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