Syringe & Sharps Disposal

You must dispose of used, old, or expired sharps & syringes safely.

They must be disposed of separately from other old medications. Follow these instructions, provided by the NJ Health Department, to safely dispose of your syringes with your household waste (NOT recycling):

1. Secure a rigid container with a screw-on cap, such as an empty laundry detergent bottle, bleach bottle, or 2-liter soda bottle. The rigid container should be sturdy to protect people from needle sticks and not break open on its way to the landfill.

2. Place a large label with a warning on the empty container. Example: SYRINGES – DO NOT RECYCLE

3. After use, clip the needle with a needle clipper. Using anything other than a clipper to break a needle is not safe. In cases where this cannot be done due to the limitations of the individual, and a care giver or volunteer must perform this activity, contact the individual’s physician first. Carefully place each clipped syringe in the container.

4. Once the container is full, seal tightly with its original lid and wrap duct tape over the lid.

5. Dispose of the tightly sealed, full container of sharps with your household garbage – NOT in your recycling bin.


You may also bring the sealed container to:

University Hospital, Newark (Emergency Room)

150 Bergen St., Newark, NJ 07103

To find more collection sites, or for more helpful resources, visit


Questions? Call the NJ Public Health Sanitation & Safety Program (Dept. of Health) at (609) 826-4941.


US EPA: Safe Needle Disposal 

FDA: Best Way to Get Rid of Needles & Other Sharps

NJ Department of Health: Safe Syringe Disposal

NJ Guidance for Regulated Medical Waste

NJ State Department of Health

Or, contact Livingston’s Community Policing Unit at 973-992-3000 ext. #3600