Proper disposal of contaminated waste such as needles, syringes and lancets, all referred to as sharps, is important. Beginning July 1, 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 sponsors a Safe Needle Disposal Program for Amherst, Pelham and Shutesbury. 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. Currently 2.5 quart containers are available for $5.00 each. Residents can return full containers to the Health Department or to the Transfer Station for disposal.
Amherst Health Department
or Amherst Transfer Station
Bangs Community Center - 1st Floor 740 Belchertown Road
70 Boltwood Walk Amherst, MA
Amherst, MA Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
M, T, F 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sharps service not available on Wednesday.