Since 2012 it is illegal to dispose of any needles, syringes and lancets, all referred to as sharps, in Massachusetts landfills. This means you can no longer throw out sharps in your household trash. Sharps must be placed in a proper container and brought to an appropriate sharps disposal program site.
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.
Eligibility This program is for residents of Amherst, Pelham and Shutesbury who use sharps at home, it does not include business use.
Cost A 2.5 quart containers are available for $5.00 each. The cost covers purchase and disposal at either of the two sites listed below.
If you bring your own container there will be a pro-rated charge and there may be an additional cost.
Please bring exact fee or a check, sorry we cannot make change.
Program Hours and Locations
Tuesday: Transfer Station 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday: Health Department 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday: Transfer Station 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Saturday: Transfer Station 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Amherst Health DepartmentAmherst Transfer Station Bangs Community Center - 1st Floor 740 Belchertown Road 70 Boltwood Walk Amherst, MA, 01002 Amherst, MA, 01002 413-259-3050 413-259-3241 Town Vehicle sticker NOT required!
Most un-used epi-pens may be placed in a sharps container. Please call for any questions or for more information.
Using Other Containers
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 one time only. 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.