Safe needle and syringe disposal
The safe disposal of needles, syringes, and lancets (sharps) protects residents, City workers, and the environment.
Boston residents use syringes for many health care conditions at home. These includes diabetes, allergies, multiple sclerosis, and more. We have tips below on how to handle and dispose of syringes. We also have information on drop-off sites in Boston.
Still have questions? Contact:
Boston Public Health Commission
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
6th FloorBoston, MA 02118
Tips for getting rid of syringes
Used syringes and other sharps should always be placed in a sharps container and disposed of safely. Bring them to a drop-off site. IV drug users can enroll in a Needle Exchange Program, and take part in other harm reduction services.
Do not clip, bend, or recap needles. Always keep sharps and containers away from children and pets.Mail-back options
If you can’t visit a drop-off center in Boston, consider using a mail-back service. They offer many container sizes and prepaid mailing cartons. The state recommends these two services:
- Medasend: 800-200-3581
- Stericycle: 800-355-8773
Throwing syringes in the trash, recycling bin, or disposing of them anywhere that is not a safe needle disposal container is against the law. You could also get a fine. If you don’t use a safe container, you risk the health and safety of the public and City workers.If you find a needle outside
Please call BOS:311 at 3-1-1 or 617-635-4500. Tell us the location of the needle or needles with as much detail as possible. Our Mobile Sharps Team will find and collect the needle. You can also file a request online:
Boston drop-off sites
75 Amory Street, Boston, MA 02130
780 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
35 Northampton Street, Boston, MA 02118
41 Dimock Street (Sewall Building), Roxbury, MA 02119
1 Stoughton Street, Dorchester, MA 02125
398 Neponset Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122
105 Chauncy Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02111
21-23 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA 02116