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The City does not collect medical trash except for syringes used in a residence.

Used syringes and lancets (also known as "sharps") must be properly packaged and labeled and may be brought to any hospital or nursing home in New York State, which are required by law to act as collection centers. In addition, various local pharmacies and healthcare providers participate in the voluntary sharps collection program.

If you are not using a sharps disposal program, place the sharps in a leak proof, puncture-resistant container. When the container is full, seal the lid securely, tape it closed, and label the container “Home Sharps - not for recycling." Place the container with garbage for regular trash collection.

Do not recycle syringes or lancets. Never place sharps containers in a recycling bin.

Disposal of all other medical waste must be arranged through a licensed hauler.

Learn more about used syringe and lancet disposal.

Pharmacies and other service providers who provide sharps may also participate through the Extended Syringe Access Program. 

View a map of pharmaceutical and sharps drop-off locations.

You can also bring your syringes and unwanted medicines to a SAFE Disposal Event. For information about these events, go to the Special Waste Disposal page.

You can report improper syringe or sharp disposal.

Call 311 for assistance.

You can file a complaint against a hospital or nursing home that does not accept syringes or lancets for safe disposal.

  • Agency: New York State Department of Health
  • Division: Growing Up Healthy Hotline
  • Phone Number: (800) 522-5006
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM