Sharps (needles, syringes and lancets)
Sharps are medical needles, syringes and lancets and are considered hazardous waste, and require proper disposal to prevent injuring others.
Do not place sharps in garbage or recycling containers - they pose a risk to workers collecting or sorting the materials. Sharps must be collected in an approved sharps collection container available from your pharmacy, collection service or collection site.
Approved sharps containers are rigid, leak-proof, puncture-resistant, sealed and clearly marked with the bio-hazard symbol. Containers, such as plastic milk jugs and coffee cans, are not safe for sharps storage. Select an approved method to dispose of sharps from the choices below.
English/Spanish Sharps Collection Option Brochure - collection options, drop-off locations, safe handling
Collection and Disposal Options
- Container Exchange Program - Contact Your Pharmacy
Many area pharmacies offer sharps disposal and container exchange programs that provide containers like the one displayed to the right. Bi-Mart and Fred Meyer stores offer a program for a small fee.
- Collection Facility
Take Sharps to a Metro Hazardous Waste Facility Similar to the container exchange program offered at pharmacies, Metro also has an exchange program. Metro’s Sharps Disposal and Container Exchange Program allows area residents to bring used sharps stored in approved sharps containers to Metro’s hazardous waste facilities. Participants can dispose of used sharps and receive a new container at minimal to no charge.
- Take Sharps to a Metro Hazardous Waste Neighborhood Collection Event
Metro hosts Neighborhood Household Hazardous Waste collection events throughout the region. Residents are encouraged to bring used sharps and other household hazardous waste to a nearby drop-off events for safe collection.
- Order Collection Service.
In Washington County, sharps and other medical waste can be collected through your local hauler by a sub-contractor. Call your garbage service provider for home and commercial collection service options.
- Mail them in.
Some vendors offer sharps-by-mail service, a safe, confidential, 'from home' mailing solution for sharps disposal. The program offers various container sizes and mailing options. For additional information, review Metro's Sharps Container Exchange Program information and select 'Safe Needle Disposal.'
Sharps container exchange program brochure.
- ** Residential care facilities, group homes and other commercial generators of sharps should contact their regular solid waste collection company. Call Metro Recycling Information at (503) 234-3000 for more information.
Used Sharps Container Drop-off Locations in Washington County
Below is a partial list of facilities/businesses in Washington County that accept used lancets, syringes and needles for safe disposal. Contact the facility nearest you for hours of operation and disposal or program fees.
|Aloha Garbage & Recycling Co.||20525 SW Blanton Street, #A||503-649-6727|
|Allied Waste - Tualatin Office||10295 SW Ridder Road, Suite 2||503-570-0626|
|Bi-Mart - Aloha||5975 S 185th Avenue||503-649-6562|
|Bi-Mart - Forest Grove||3225 Pacific Avenue||503-357-0244|
|Bi-Mart - Hillsboro||2075 SE Tualatin Valley HWY||503-640-3777|
|Fred Meyer - Beaverton||11425 SW Beaverton-Hills HWY||503-526-1833|
|Fred Meyer - Beaverton||15995 SW Walker Road||503-690-5833|
|Fred Meyer - Beaverton Hillsdale||7700 SW Beaverton-Hills HWY||503-203-4033|
|Fred Meyer - Cornelius||2200 Baseline Street||503-359-3103|
|Fred Meyer - Hillsboro||6495 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy||503-848-4583|
|Fred Meyer - Sunset||22075 NW Imbrie Drive||503-747-1115|
|Fred Meyer - Tigard||11565 SW Pacific Highway||503-293-7085|
|Fred Meyer - Tualatin||19200 SW Martinazzi Avenue||503-691-4233|
|McCann's Pharmacy - King City||15685 SW 116th Avenue||503-639-7377|
Disposal Facilities and Resources
- Metro Recycling Information
- Metro Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities
Metro Central Station 6161 NW 61st Ave, Portland
Metro South Station 2001 Washington St, Oregon City
- Bio-Med of Oregon
Supply, pickup and disposal of sharps containers for a fee in Washington and Clackamas counties.
Other Information Resources