Sharps Disposal

Never put sharps in the trash or recycling bin! 

Proper disposal of medical syringes at home can prevent injury, illness and pollution. Madison County's Safe Syringe Disposal Program makes syringe disposal easy and safe by providing special plastic containers for used medical syringes.

Bio-hazard sharps containers are FREE at any of our transfer stations.

How to use your red container:

  1. Do NOT cap, remove or bend needles
  2. Drop used syringe, with needle pointing down, into the container
  3. For insulin pens, twist the needle off and place the needle in the red container. Put the empty pen in the trash. Absolutely no needles in the trash.
  4. Do NOT overfill the container
  5. When full, close and lock the safety lid. Tape shut.
  6. Drop off your full container at any of the following locations:

Crouse Community Center
101 South Street, Morrisville
(315) 684-9595

Community Memorial Hospital
Building Service Office
150 Broad St, Hamilton
(315) 824-6565

Oneida Health Care Center
Classroom A, 1st floor
Route 5, Genesee St., Oneida
(315) 363-6000
Instructions: Bring properly packaged used sharps container to the front security desk through the main Emergency Room entrance.

The Grand at Chittenango
331 Russell St., Chittenango
(315) 687-7255
COVID Instructions: Leave properly packaged used sharps container in the foyer of the building and let a receptionist know when you are dropping them off. Do not leave them at the front desk. Drop-off hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM.

Call for hours and days of operation.


Drop off your filled sharps container at any of our transfer stations: 
Buyea Road Residential Station
Cazenovia Transfer Station
Hamilton Transfer Station
Sullivan Transfer Station


Hosting a Community Clean-Up Event?

If you are a community organization planning a clean-up event in Madison County, our Health Department has needle clean up and disposal kits available. A short training video will be provided for proper use and handling. These kits are not intended for businesses or for individuals who generate sharps at home. For more information, please reach out to the Public Health Department at