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 www.seattle.gov/finditfixitapp).
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.
For more information go to www.seattle.gov/util/sharps.