Created on Friday, 17 July 2009 15:57

Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-373-2391

Health Department Will Accept Disposal of Household Sharps

The Marion County Health Department Water Quality and Hazardous Materials Management (WQHMM) and Community-Based Care programs are pleased to announce a new community program that provides free, safe disposal of home-generated sharps.

The Sharps Disposal Program offers Marion County residents a safe disposal option for their used needles, syringes and lancets. With the number of sharps being used to self-administer medicines increasing, proper disposal of these sharps becomes even more important.

Until now, Marion County residents wanting to safely dispose of household sharps had few cost effective options. Sharps often are placed in trash containers, put down drains or simply dumped outdoors.

Used sharps can now be dropped off at the three health department District Health Offices listed below.

Northwest District Health Office
6940 Michigan Rd.

Northeast District Health Office
6042 E. 21st St.

South District Health Office
505 National Ave

Sharps must be placed in hard, plastic containers and new 5-quart sharps containers will be given out in exchange while supplies last. For more information on the Sharps Disposal Program, please contact WQHMM at (317) 221-2266.