Found a needle?

Learn what to do if you find a needle/syringe. With a few simple steps, it's OK to throw it away!

What To Do With A Found Needle

  1. Put on heavy-duty gloves and use pliers or tongs to place the needle in a thick plastic container like a laundry detergent bottle.
  2. Screw on the lid and seal it well with strong tape, like duct tape.
  3. Write “Do Not Recycle” on the container and throw it away in the regular trash.
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If you are stuck by someone else’s needle:
  1. Wash the wound well with soap and water. 
  2. Seek medical attention right away.

Learn how to dispose of prescription drugs

Community Facilities

Vermont schools, businesses, organizations, licensed health care providers and veterinarians are required to follow the Agency of Natural Resources' Regulated Medical Waste Procedure

The proper disposal method depends on how much regulated medical waste is produced or gathered.

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Call 2-1-1 for safe needle disposal locations in your area.

Contact your local waste management district.

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Substance Use Programs (DSU)

Vermont Department of Health
280 State Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-8340

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