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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 the Rumford Avenue Resource Recovery Center. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Click here for information about how to store your sharps and directions to the facility.

Sharps Collection Brochure


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.

Periodically the Newton Police Department and the Health & Human Services Department collaborate with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to collect unused and expired medication.
The next collection day has not yet been scheduled. We expect it to be offered again in Spring 2016.

Call 617-796-1420.