How should I properly dispose of household sharps?

Medical “sharps” include needles, syringes, and lancets.

Per NYS Law, ALL hospitals and nursing homes in New York State are mandated by law to accept home-generated sharps as a free, community service through their sharps collection programs

For more information including a list of other disposal sites in New York State including Albany County, please visit New York State Safe Sharps Collection Program (

According to several residents, St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany is a local hospital that makes medical sharps disposal easy and straightforward.  To access their sharps disposal, use the "Ambulance entrance" on New Scotland Ave, follow signs to Maintenance (towards the right).  Park near the loading area.  There is a sign pointing at the walkway where you go to a ‘chute’ to deposit the items.  Some residents have experienced a hospital maintenance employee taking their sharps for disposal when they approach that area.

Another option is to purchase an approved sharps mailing container through CVS on-line, and mail back for safe disposal.  Though please be advised, in addition to the container purchase price, the reviews state that there is an additional return postage cost ($22 as of 4/2022).  CVS Health Complete Needle Collection & Disposal System

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