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Sharps Take-Back

Hospitals and nursing homes are required to help New Yorkers safely dispose of needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharp objects.

Pharmacies are not required to participate in sharps take-backs, but may choose to participate in the Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP).

What's covered: Used and unused sharps; hypodermic, intravenous, or other medical needles; pasteur pipettes, scalpel blades, or blood vials.

Businesses affected: Hospitals, nursing homes, and participating pharmacies.

How To Comply

The items must be placed in puncture-proof containers before they are dropped them off. Do not accept items that are not properly contained.

Collect returned sharps in a convenient but safe place.

Put up signs to direct people to collection containers, and educate the public about the sharps collection program through posters, brochures, press releases and other advertisements. Download free signs.

Keep staff safe by training them in proper handling of sharps and what to do in case of a spill. Ensure that the sharps are transferred and discarded securely and safely.