Safe Needle Disposal

Need to dispose of needles in a home care setting? Here is important information what to do with used sharps in Illinois.

Put used sharps in a strong, plastic container.

Have a needle clipper? When the needle clipper is full, it can be disposed of according to your state or local regulations. More information can be found at here.

Put the plastic container in the household trash-don't recycle!

If a trash collector is reluctant to collect a red sharps container, refer them to your state waste agency.
Sharps should never be thrown loosely into the trash or toilet.

Sharps that retract after use, or are very small, should be disposed of like all other sharps.
If you would like to bring your sealed container to a community sharps disposal program, there are drop-off locations in several cities and towns.

Each year approximately 9 million sharps users will administer at least 3 billion injections outside health care facilities. provides a one-stop shop for people to learn how to safely dispose of used sharps wherever they are.