Massachusetts law directs consumers to take sealed containers of used household sharps to a drop off site or arrange for a mail back service.

  • If there is no program near you, contact your local health department or solid waste department for direction.

Step 1


Place them in a strong, plastic container, like a laundry detergent or bleach bottle.

Step 2


When the container is 75% full, seal it tightly with duct tape and label it “DO NOT RECYCLE.”

Step 3


Use the ZIP Code locator below to find a drop off site for your sealed container.


  • Never flush household sharps down the toilet.
  • Do not throw used household sharps in recycling.
  • Do not throw loose needles and household sharps in the household trash before they are placed in a strong, plastic container.

Call the program to confirm if there are any container requirements, 
disposal fees or residency restrictions.

Massachusetts State Guidelines

It is illegal to dispose of household sharps in the household trash in Massachusetts as of July 1, 2021. Residents can click here for more information.