Sharps Disposal

There’s a RIGHT WAY and a wrong way to dispose of syringes & lancelets

Improper disposal of used sharps (needles, syringes, and lancets) can injure children, home health care providers, sanitation workers, and pets through accidental “sticks.” Now there is a safe solution!


Sharps Container
Sharps Container

The easiest way is to drop the used syringe into a sharps container. When the container is full it should be brought to East Central Recycling, 701 East Centennial Avenue, for proper disposal. For questions or to request a free (one quart) sharps container from the Muncie Sanitary District, please call 765-213-6450 to set up an appointment to pick one up.


The wrong way is any way that leaves syringe needles and lancets intact so they could accidentally injure others or be misused if they fall into the wrong hands. Syringes carelessly dropped into the trash, unrestricted, have a way of resurfacing. Trash bags burst, syringes float down gutters into sewers that ultimately empty into the river.