Sharps (hypodermic needles, syringes and lancets)

Used needles and lancets are dangerous because they can injure people and spread germs/disease. Victims of sharps-related injuries face the cost of post-injury testing, disease prevention measures, and counseling, even if no infection or disease was spread.

Pre-filled injector (i.e. Epipen) mail-back service is available, free of charge, to all residents upon request through MED-Project

What Are Sharps?

 Safe disposal options for sharps

  • Use an approved sharps container. These are available to purchase through pharmacies and online.
  • If an approved sharps container is not available, use an alternative container with a well-secured lid (preferably a screw top). Rigid plastic containers are best – for example: plastic bleach or laundry detergent bottles. Do not use glass, aluminum, or thin plastic containers.
  • Always label your containers with: WARNING SHARPS – DO NOT RECYCLE.
  • Never overfill a sharps disposal container. No materials should be sticking out of the top.
  • Never force materials into a sharps container.
  • Never put sharps in the garbage or recycling.

Where to take sharps in Clark County (free for residents)

Call ahead before you make a trip.

Central Transfer and Recycling Center
11034 NE 117th Avenue, Vancouver 360-256-8482
Monday – Friday, 6am – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 4pm

West Van Materials Recovery Center
6601 NW Old Lower River Road, Vancouver 360-737-1727
Monday – Friday, 6am – 6pm
Saturday, 8am – 4pm

Washougal Transfer Station
4020 S Grant Street, Washougal 360-835-2500
Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday, 8am – 4pm

Drug Take Back Events are held twice each year throughout Clark County. Visit Prevent Coalition for more information.