Ask your pharmacy if they participate in a needle return program. If neither your physician nor your pharmacy provides a collection system for you, follow these suggestions:

  • To be safe and legal, dispose of home-generated sharps, needles, and syringes in this manner:
    1. Place sharps in an empty, rigid plastic container, such as a laundry detergent bottle.
    2. Tape the bottle’s cap shut with strong tape. Firmly attach a “Do Not Recycle” label to the bottle. Please see the sample label.
    3. Dispose of bottle in the trash. The Universal Recycling Law allows people to reuse rigid plastic bottles to dispose of their home-generated sharps.
  • Resources:
    Sample label to tape to disposal containers. Printing on colored paper makes the label more eye-catching
    VT Department of Health: Discarding Syringes and Other Sharps

    Regulated Medical Waste (non-residential)For questions about how businesses and institutions should dispose of regulated medical waste, contact Deb Pierce at Please see the current procedure for instructions and requirements. The Regulated Medical Waste Procedures will soon be part of the Solid Waste Rules in Subchapter

These can be provided by the LRSWMD.