Nearly 1 million sharps enter Lee County's solid waste stream every year.
Make it your practice to dispose of them correctly.
What are Sharps?
Sharps are defined as syringes with attached needles, lancets or devices having the potential to puncture or lacerate.
They must be disposed of in special red box sharps containers as pictured on the left.
Improper disposal of sharps causes many problems, including:
- Clogging sewer and lift stations
- Ending up in recycling centers among cans and plastics
- Puncturing solid waste containers, placing workers at risk from hepatitis, HIV and other potentially fatal diseases
What You Can Do
1. Get a Proper Sharps Container
Pick up your initial sharps containers at no charge at one of the following locations. (You may be asked to furnish proof that you require the use of syringes.)
- All local fire districts and municipal fire stations
- HealthPark Medical Center Pharmacy 9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers
- Cape Coral Hospital Pharmacy 636 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral
- Gulf Coast Medical Center Pharmacy 13681 Doctor's Way, Fort Myers
- Lee Memorial Hospital Pharmacy 2776 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers
- Center Pharmacy, 1501 Viscaya Parkway, Cape Coral
- Family Health Centers, 2256 Heitman St., Fort Myers
Sharps containers are also available for a small fee at most local pharmacies.
2. Use Your Sharp Properly
- Perform your routine blood test.
- Administer your normal injection. DO NOT CLIP the needle. DO NOT RECAP the needle.
- Safely deposit in the red box.
- Do not overfill the red box.
- When full or ready for an exchange, lock the lid into place to secure it from opening and return the sealed container to any participating fire station drop-off site during regular business hours to exchange for a new one.
Sponsored by the Lee County Solid Waste Department in cooperation with the Florida Department of Health in Lee County and the listed collection sites.