Safe Disposal of Syringes
safe disposal of syringes

Safe Disposal of Syringes

Home Disposal of Syringes

You can prevent contamination of our waterways by safely disposing of syringes at home, using a needle exchange program, or via a syringe disposal company.

  • Place sharps in a strong plastic bottle (e.g. bleach, liquid detergent) or metal container with a screw-on or tightly secured lid to prevent accidental contact with the waste. No milk containers (jugs).
  • Secure lid with duct tape.
  • Place sealed container in your regular trash.
  • Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
  • The Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) is currently accepting sharps from Boulder County, City and County of Broomfield, and Town of Erie residents free of charge during normal hours of operation
  • Sharps are NOT accepted by recycling programs. Do not put sharps in with the recycling, even if the container you use to seal them is recyclable, as this puts staff at the recycling center at risk.
  • The Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) offers prepaid envelopes for all unused medication including legally held controlled drugs and narcotics. 720-564-2251

Sharps Disposal Sites

Boulder County AIDS Project303-444-61212118 14th St.Boulder2:00-5:00 p.m.Must be in sharps container
Boulder City public kioskArapahoe & BroadwayBoulderIndividual syringes & sharps disposals
Mental Health Partners 303-443-85003180 Airport Rd. Boulder24/7Outside in kiosk. In sharps container
The Works Program, Longmont303-864-6515515 Coffman (behind the building)Longmont24/7Individual sharps & disposals inside exchange, kiosk for disposals outside

Report Syringe Litter

If you see syringe litter in a public place you can report it to the local jurisdiction. See the table below for contact information.

CommunityContact Information or Website Where You Can Report Syringe Litter
City of BoulderInquire Boulder
City of Boulder, Open Space and Mountain ParksReport a Concern
BroomfieldContact Form
Erie303-926-2870 or Service Request
JamestownTown of Jamestown
LafayetteRequest Tracker
LongmontService Request or Public Safety Report Online
Lyons303-823-6622 or Citizens Request Tracker
Nederland303-258-3167 or Report an Issue
Superior303-499-3675 or Superior Click and Fix

Syringe Access

The Works Program provides free and anonymous syringe access program for people who inject drugs to prevent the spread of HIV and other bloodborne diseases.

For More Information

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530
Customer Technical Assistance: 303-692-3320 or 888-569-1831, Ext. 3320 (toll-free)

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