Protect yourself, your community and your environment by disposing of sharps properly. Needles, syringes and lancets, all referred to as sharps, must be placed in a proper container and brought to an appropriate sharps disposal program site. Since 2012 it is illegal to dispose of any sharps in Massachusetts landfills. This means you can no longer throw out sharps in your household trash.
The Amherst Health Department and the Department of Public Works sponsor a Safe Needle Disposal Program for Amherst, Pelham and Shutesbury residents. Residents of these communities who use syringes to manage their health care at home may purchase sharps containers at the Amherst Health Department or the Amherst Transfer Station. 2.5 quart containers are available for $5.00 each. The cost covers purchase and disposal at either of the two sites listed below.
Hours are as listed below.
Amherst Health Department
Bangs Community Center - 1st Floor
70 Boltwood Walk
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
for appointment or questions
Amherst Transfer Station
740 Belchertown Road
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Automobile permit not required for Sharps Program
Using Other Containers
"Can other containers used for storing sharps be dropped-off at the disposal locations?" is a frequently asked question. If the sharps are stored in a rigid, leak proof and puncture resistant container, they may be disposed of at the Amherst Health Department or the Amherst Transfer Station. Please be sure to seal the container tightly with heavy tape. A fee will be charged to cover the cost of the biomedical waste disposal. The fee which is generally between $2.00 and $10.00 is determined by the size of the container.