Hazardous Medical Waste Disposal

Syringes & Medication

Improper disposal of used syringes or sharps and medication can have harmful impacts on the sanitation workers that service our community and on our local natural resources. Syringes can cause injury or infection to the workers handling our waste. Medications flushed down the toilet or dumped down the storm drain pollute our rivers and lakes which serve as drinking water resources and wildlife habitat.

What to Do with Syringes

  • Never throw loose needles in the trash or recycling bin.
  • Place needles and syringes in a hard plastic or metal container with a tightly secured lid. Label the container syringes, needles or sharps. A laundry detergent bottle may be used. Reinforce the lid with heavy duty tape.
  • Dispose of the container in household trash. Do not place in a recycling bin.

What to Do with Prescription Medication: Drug Take-Back Program


  • Do not flush medication down the toilet or drain unless the label specifically instructs you to do so.
  • Take unused prescription drugs to Mansfield’s Drug Take-Back Program hosted by the  Mansfield Police Department twice a year.
  • There is also a permanent drug take back collection point in the lobby of the Public Safety Building at 1305 E. Broad St. The building is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Watch a short  explainer video  from NCTCOG to learn how to properly dispose of household drugs.