If You Pick Up Needles, Handle Them with Care

  • Hold the needle tip away from you.
  • Be careful not to prick yourself with the needle.
  • Put the needle into a Sharps Container, a plaster container with a lid or a sealable container.

Protect Yourself

  • Protect your hands.
  • Use tongs to pick up the needle to transfer it to a sharps container.
  • Ensure the needle tip is held away from you.
  • If you do not have tongs, use puncture resistant gloves.
  • If applicable, always follow your agency’s safer disposal of sharps policies and procedures.

The Proper Disposal of Needles Is Important

  • Do not put a container with needles into the garbage or recycling bin.
  • If you have a contract with a disposal company, secure the sharps and have them picked up accordingly.
  • Put the container in one of the Outdoor Needle Drop Boxes or call 311 to find out where else to take it.