Syringe Disposal Project
REACH CNY runs the CNY Syringe Disposal Coalition. The overall goal of this project is to reduce the likelihood of needle stick injuries and the potential for transmission of blood-borne infections in Central New York. The project promotes safe and proper collection and disposal of used sharps. This is one of the Sharps Collection and Disposal Demonstration projects funded by the AIDS Institute. Click here to see a list of other NYS ESAP (Expanded Syringe Access Program) Demonstration Projects.
Local NYS Authorized Syringe Exchange Program
Proper Syringe Disposal
The best way to dispose of used syringes is to take them to a hospital or nursing home in the Central New York area. They will accept and dispose of used sharps free of charge. Click here for locations that accept used syringes in Onondaga County.
If you cannot take your used syringes to a hospital or nursing home, you can put them in your trash, but never put loose syringes in the trash. Sharps must be disposed of in approved sharps containers or heavy plastic laundry detergent bottles. Approved sharps containers are available from a variety of sources, including pharmacies. If you use a laundry detergent bottle to dispose of syringes and the bottle is full, the cap must be screwed on tightly and then taped up. The words “Sharps” or “Contains Sharps” should be written on the bottle, or on a label that can be stuck to the bottle. The taped and labeled laundry detergent bottle must be placed in the trash. You should never use coffee cans, soda, shampoo, bleach or other types of bottles. Never use glass jars, or anything that can break, or containers that the sharps can poke through. Syringes should never be put in the recycling bin, even if they are in a sharps container, or a laundry detergent bottle.
Click here for a helpful resource on proper syringe disposal.
For more information on the syringe disposal project, please contact Liz Crockett at firstname.lastname@example.org.