Medical Sharps Disposal

Kiosk Available for the Safe Disposal of Home Medical Sharps

As of July 1, 2012, it is illegal in Massachusetts to discard medical sharps in household trash.  The Burlington Board of Health, in cooperation with the Burlington Fire Department (BFD), has a kiosk available at the BFD to Burlington residents for the safe and legal disposal of home sharps (syringes, hypodermic needles, epi-pens and lancets).  Epi-pens that contain salt can be placed in our sharps container and disposed in the kiosk.  Epi-pens that do not contain salt are considered hazardous waste (information).  Please call the BOH for disposal options.  “Home” sharps do not include those generated by home health aides, visiting nurses, or any other person providing a professional service in a private residence. 

The kiosk has a one-way opening that can accommodate containers no larger than quart size.  Burlington residents can come to the BOH and receive three 1-quart sharps containers per visit.  All sharps must be placed in an approved quart size, puncture proof containers before using the kiosk.

Residents who have an excessive amount of used or unused sharps that will not fit in three 1-quart containers will need to arrange for disposal.  Please see our additional information that will guide you in this process.

The kiosk is located in the lobby of the Fire Department at 21 Center Street.  For more information on the kiosk, or information on how to obtain approved containers, please contact the Board of Health at 781-270-1955.  In addition, a sharps kiosk is located in the lobby of the Burlington Police Department.  Please contact BPD at 781-272-1212 for further information. 
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Additional Information:
Board of Health Sharps Disposal Program 
Safe Needle Disposal.org 
Information on 2012 MDPH Ban on Household Sharps Disposal
EPA Sharps Disposal Guidelines 
Epinephrine Management & Disposal Options (MDPH Guidelines)