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Sharps and Medication Disposal


Sharps are needles and lancets used at home to inject medicine into people or pets. Properly disposing of sharps helps keep potentially harmful products out of the waste stream. A new state went into effect on July 1, 2012 that prohibits people from disposing of needles and lancets in the trash. Newton residents may bring sharps in proper containers to Newton City Hall. See the brochure for details about using the proper container and the hours for drop-off.


Most medication, unless indicated otherwise on the package, may be disposed of in your regular household trash (blue bin) after removing it from the container and mixing it with something undesirable such as coffee grounds or kitty litter. Do not flush medication down the toilet. Here are some instructions.

Twice a year, the Newton Police Department typically collaborates with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to collect unused and expired medication. As of March 2015, we have not yet been notified of the next collection date and are unsure if this program will continue. In the interim, please refer to the instructions above about disposing of medication in the household trash.

Call 617-796-1420.