Disposal of Medical Sharps

Massachusetts regulations prohibit disposal of needles or other medical sharps in the trash or recycling. Medical sharps include all needles, lancets, pen needles, or other medical items that may cause punctures or cuts.

Resident students and employees can obtain sharps collection containers from Health Services. When full, the containers should be securely closed and returned to Health Services for disposal. Do not overfill the containers as they must close securely.

Non-resident students and employees should take their medical sharps home for proper disposal. For more information about disposal of medical sharps refer to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health fact sheet: Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes. Check with your local Board of Health for disposal options. South Hadley has a drop-off box at the Police Department.