Safe Syringe Disposal
Posted: November 12, 2014
Residents are asked to please keep syringes and needles out of the recycling bin and the garbage can. Proper disposal of used needles protects not just family members and pets but it also protects the recycling and trash workers who keep our world clean.
There are a number of safe syringe disposal programs in Morris County:
- St. Clare’s Hospital (Dover and Denville campuses)
Just drop off syringes at the front desk but they must be in a sealed, hardened container.
- Morristown Medical Center
Containers for syringes can be picked up or dropped off at the outpatient desk located on the right after going into the main entrance. Hours are M-F, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Syringes must be empty and syringe containers cannot be more than three-quarters full.
- Chilton Memorial Hospital/Access Center (Pompton Plains)
People may pick-up empty syringe containers and drop-off full ones at the access center. All syringes must be in containers. Hours are M-F, 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Waste Management
This waste hauling company has a “sharps disposal by mail” program. Participants are provided with an approved disposal container and mail full containers for disposal using the U.S. postal service. Interested parties can call Waste Management for prices and details at 877-WASTE-MD.
Note: The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority suggests residents contact any program prior to use for specifics, such as packaging requirements, costs and/or limitations (i.e. Epipens may be acceptable if empty).