Many Boston residents use syringes to manage a variety of health care conditions at home such as diabetes, allergies, multiple sclerosis, and others. The safe disposal of needles, syringes, and lancets (sharps) is necessary to protect residents, sanitation/municipal workers, and the environment.
What should I do with my used syringes?
Used syringes and other sharps should always be placed in a sharps container and disposed of safely – either at a drop-off site or in a mail-back program. IV drug users can also enroll in a Needle Exchange Program for needle exchange and other harm reduction services. Do not clip, bend, or recap needles and always keep sharps and containers away from children and pets.
Can I put my used syringes in the trash?
No. Throwing syringes in the trash, recycling bin, or disposing them anywhere that is not a safe needle disposal container is against the law and could lead to a fine. Sharps that have been improperly disposed of pose a health and safety risk to the public and to sanitation workers. Sharps and syringes must be disposed of at a needle and syringe disposal drop-off site or through a medical mail-back service.
What should I do if I find a needle on a public way?
If you find a needle on a sidewalk or other public way, please call the Mayor’s Hotline at 3-1-1. Provide the location of the needle(s) with as much detail as possible and the Mobile Sharps Team will locate and collect the waste.
DROP-OFF SITES IN BOSTON
|AIDS Action Committee|
75 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02130
|Boston Health Care for the Homeless|
780 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
|Boston Public Health Commission|
35 Northampton Street
Boston, MA 02118
105 Chauncy Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-423-0750 x 109
|Neponset Health Center|
398 Neponset Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
|MA Alliance of Portuguese Speakers|
1 Stoughton Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
|Walgreens Community Pharmacy|
21-23 Stanhope Street
Boston, MA 02116
|Women of Color AIDS Council|
409 Blue Hill Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121-4309
For a fact sheet on safe needle disposal, please click here