Sharps Collection Pilot Program

The City of Seattle Sharps Pilot Program, part of Seattle’s Clean Cities program, provides safe disposal of “sharps” (syringes, hypodermic needles and lancets) with the following services:

  • Removal of sharps from public property within 24 hours
  • Secure sharps disposal boxes in 6 locations throughout the city

Report sharps for removal from public property in Seattle

If you find a syringe on public property (sidewalks, parking strips, streets, other public rights-of–way, or on the grounds of city facilities) report it to Seattle Public Utilities Illegal Dumping Hotline at (206) 684-7587 or use the “Find It, Fix It” smartphone app (go to

Sharps handling instructions (for sharps found on private property)

  • If you find a needle or syringe on private property, do not pick it up with your bare hands. Use gloves and tongs, a shovel, or a broom and dustpan.
  • Place used sharps and syringes in a manufactured sharps container (purchase at pharmacies) or a 2-liter plastic soda  pop    Make sure the lid fits  tightly and tape it shut. If you use a plastic pop bottle, label it: “SHARPS, DO NOT RECYCLE.”
  • Sharps are not allowed in the garbage in Seattle because they can injure garbage collection workers, individual   residents, and employees who handle the garbage. In addition to the 6 citywide disposal boxes, sharps can be disposed of at Seattle Public Utilities’ North or South Transfer Stations or at local Needle Exchange locations.

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