Washington residents – except for residents of Seattle and Snohomish Counties – may dispose of used household sharps in their regular household trash.

  • If you live in Seattle or Snohomish Counties, use the ZIP Code locator to find a drop off site for your sealed container.
  • 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


Place the container in the regular household trash.


  • 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.




Washington State Guidelines

Seattle County residents can find more information here. Snohomish County residents can find more information here. Other Washington residents can find sharps management information here.