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How do I dispose of sharps (medication needles)?

Tim Buckland
StarNews

Q: I have prescription medication that is injected into the skin and have sharps containers that are full. The pharmacy company I currently receive my medication from is telling me that I have to find out where I can dispose of my full containers locally — they do not offer a pick up service. Where do people dispose of full sharps containers?

A: According to New Hanover county officials, county residents can drop off full sharps containers at one of two locations at no cost.

  • New Hanover County Landfill, 5210 U.S. 421 N. 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6:30 to noon Saturday, excluding holidays.
  • New Hanover County Household Hazardous Waste, 3002 U.S. 421 N. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 to noon Saturday, excluding holidays.

Residents can also place sharps in puncture-resistant containers (liquid detergent bottles, coffee cans, etc.) with the lid on and securely taped shut, then dispose of the container in their regular household trash, according to the county.

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