Medical sharps recycling (only available at County Home Rd.)
If you're a Linn County resident, the medical sharps disposal program at the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency will safely dispose of needles, syringes and lancets for free. Just bring them to our County Home Road location.
Extreme care must be taken in the handling and disposal of medical sharps (needles, lancets and syringes). The EPA suggests residents should put them in a secure container with a lid, for example, a liquid laundry soap container.
Improper management of discarded needles and other medical sharps can pose a health risk to you and waste workers. For example, discarded needles may expose waste workers to potential needle stick injuries and potential infection when containers break open inside garbage trucks or needles are mistakenly sent to recycling facilities. Used needles can transmit serious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis.
What happens after I drop off my old needles, lancets and syringes?
Medical sharps are not recyclable. They are stored in a special container until they can be sent to a third-party processor. The final step in the disposal of sharps waste is incineration or landfilling, depending on the processor and area of the country.