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Sharps Disposal Program

Florida Department of Health in Manatee County

Used syringes with needles and lancets should never be placed in the garbage or in a recycling bin.  The Sharps Disposal Program provides individuals a safe, legal way to dispose of syringes, needles, and lancets, AND receive a free new sharps container in return! (Businesses are prohibited from using this public service program.)

How does the program work?

  • Turn in your properly packaged sharps to our Environmental Health office and receive your free new sharps container.
  • Take the new container to your home and place it out of reach of children.
  • Perform your injections as needed and then dispose of the syringes completely intact into the sharps container.
  • When full, seal the container and bring it back to Environmental Health.

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