Oregon law directs consumers to take sealed containers of used household sharps to a drop off site or arrange 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 RED container, like a laundry detergent 
or bleach 

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.

* If you do not have a red container at home, they are typically available at pharmacies, medical supply companies, health care providers, and online.

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

Oregon State Guidelines

Oregon residents can access additional information and guidelines from The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Read More.