Syringe Disposal

Never share needles. Prevent HIV and Hep C. Syringe Access Services provides people who inject drugs with sterile injection equipment and safe disposal of used syringes. Needle exchange services reduce the number of discarded needles in public and the incidence of injuries.

Disposing of a Syringe in Proper ReceptacleSafely dispose of used needles/syringes, if you see a used one.

  • Do not touch the needle with your bare hands. 
  • Get the proper equipment: rubber or leather gloves, tongs or pliers, and a puncture-resistant plastic container.
  • Using tongs or pliers, pick up the needle and transfer it to the container.
  • Secure the lid on the container.
  • Wash your hands and gloves.
  • Return to any syringe exchange program or a local sharps collection program.