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Posted on: September 5, 2023

Sharps Disposal (i.e. diabetic needles, lancets, EpiPens)

Image of a pile of loose needles - also known as sharps. Bring awareness of proper disposal methods.

This message is being sent as a reminder to all residents that a statewide ban on the disposal of needles, syringes and lancets (collectively known as "sharps") went into effect back on July 1, 2012. The law stipulates that disposal of sharps will not be allowed in regular household trash in MA.

Shrewsbury residents may bring in their sharps to the Shrewsbury Health Department for proper disposal during normal hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to NOON. 


  • Sharps must be in a tightly sealed puncture-proof container. Individual or loose sharps will not be accepted. The Health Department reserves the right to refuse containers that are not deemed safe.
  • You must be a Shrewsbury resident. This program is not for businesses (i.e. acupuncture or veterinarians).

Non-residents should reach out to the Health Department within their own community for safe disposal options.

Questions? Please contact the Shrewsbury Health Department at 508-841-8384 or email us at:

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