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Pinellas County Hazardous Waste Disposal


The needle/sharps disposal program safely collects "sharps", needles, syringes, and other potentially dangerous items and properly disposes of them to ensure the safety of Pinellas County residents and visitors.

What are Sharps?

“Sharps” are defined as items having the potential to puncture or lacerate. These include syringes with attached needles and disposable lancets.

The American Diabetes Association’s statistics show that there are an estimated 2800 insulin-dependent county residents plus seasonal visitors who use sharps. In addition, there are others whose medical condition require the use of injected medication.
At a minimum of one shot per day, ONE MILLION sharps enter the solid waste stream annually in Pinellas County.

Problems Caused by Sharps

If sharps are not disposed of properly, they can cause many problems.

  • They clog sewers and lift stations
  • They end up at recycling centers
  • They puncture solid waste containers, placing workers along collection routes and at landfills at risk of injury and/or disease
  • They threaten public safety
  • They may be contaminated with hepatitis, HIV (the disease that causes AIDS) and other serious or fatal diseases

What You Can Do!

The program is a cooperative effort between DOH, the Board of County Commissioners of Pinellas County, the American Diabetes Association and sponsors listed below. This is a public health and safety program and the cost has been underwritten by the sponsors as a public service.

THE PROGRAM IS VOLUNTARY AND FREE OF CHARGE:
ALL RESIDENTS AND VISITORS OF PINELLAS COUNTY ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.

This program is being provided by the private sector.
All professionals and businesses regulated under state and federal
biohazardous waste laws may not participate.

How the Program Works

Visit one of the participating exchange sites listed below. Ask for an approved sharps container and brief instructions on use.

  • Take the container to your home and place it out of reach of children.
  • As needed, perform your injection and then dispose of the syringe completely intact into the sharps container.

DO NOT SNAP OFF THE NEEDLE!
DO NOT RECAP THE NEEDLE!

When the container is full of discarded syringes, permanently close the top by following the simple directions. Once this procedure has been completed, return the sharps container to one of the participating exchange sites for proper disposal.

Exchange Sites

Select the links to view/hide list of exchange sites.

  • Florida Hospital North Pinellas
    1395 S Pinellas Avenue
    Tarpon Springs
    (727) 942-5000 x2870
    Inquire at Emergency Room
    Hours: Sun-Sat 8-4:30
  • Morton Plant Mease Health
    Care-Dunedin
    601 Main Street
    Dunedin
    (727) 734-6141
    Inquire at Emergency Room
    Hours: Mon-Fri 8-4
  • Morton Plant Mease Health
    Care-Countryside
    3231 McMullen Booth Road
    Safety Harbor
    (727) 725-6100
    Inquire at Emergency Room
    Hours: Mon-Fri 8-4
  • Morton Plant Mease Health
    Care-Clearwater
    300 Pinellas Street
    Clearwater
    (727) 461-8552
    Inquire at Emergency Room
    Hours: Mon-Fri 8-4
  • Largo Medical Center
    201 14th Street SW
    Largo
    (727) 588-5200
    Inquire at reception desk
    Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-2:30
  • Morton Plant Mease-Bardmoor
    (Emergency Room)
    8839 Bryan Dairy Road
    Largo
    (727) 395-2600
    Inquire at reception desk
    Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5
  • Northside Medical Center
    6000 49th Street North
    St. Petersburg
    (727) 521-4411
    Inquire at information desk
    Hours: Mon-Fri 9-4
  • St. Petersburg Medical Center
    6500 38th Avenue North
    St. Petersburg
    (727) 384-1414
    Inquire at information desk
    Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5
  • St. Anthony's Hospital
    1200 7th Avenue North
    St. Petersburg
    (727) 825-1272
    Inquire at Emergency Room
    Hours: Mon-Fri 8-4
  • Palms of Pasadena Hospital
    1501 Pasadena Avenue South
    St. Petersburg
    (727) 381-1000 x7657
    Inquire at information desk
    Hours: Mon-Fri 9-3
  • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
    501 6th Avenue South
    St. Petersburg
    (727) 767-4720
    (727) 767-4250
    Inquire at Emergency Room
    Hours: Sun-Sat 8-5

Sponsored By:

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Palms of Pasadena Hospital
Morton Plant Hospital
Mease Hospital
St. Petersburg General
Northside Hospital

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