Needles and syringes, often referred to
as Sharps, should not be placed in the garbage,
recycling containers, or down the toilet.
are defined as having the potential to puncture or lacerate.
These include syringes with needles, detached needles, and
Because they are used for medical
purposes, or may have come in contact with garbage or wastewater,
sharps may carry infectious diseases and can pose a danger to solid
waste workers or anyone who accidentally comes in contact with them.
The SWA does not accept
sharps or any biomedical waste at any facility.
The Palm Beach County Health Department
has a Sharps Depository program specifically for home users.
For information and drop-off locations, call the Health Department's
Biomedical Waste Section at 561-837-5900.
Current Palm Beach County Health
Department Sharps Exchange Locations:
Jupiter Auxiliary Health Center
6405 Indiantown Road, Jupiter
West Palm Beach Health Center
1150 45th Street, West Palm Beach
C.L. Brumback Health Center
38754 State Road 80, Belle Glade
Lantana/Lake Worth Health Center
1250 Southwinds Drive, Lantana
Delray Beach Health Center
225 S. Congress Avenue, Delray Beach
For more information on sharps disposal, please
view the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Palm
Beach County Health Department publications to the right.
Disposal of commercially generated
medical waste, such as from doctors, dentists, veterinarians
offices, and other medical facilities and labs is regulated by Sate
and Federal law. Check the Yellow Pages or contact the Palm
Beach County Health Department for a list of licensed haulers.