Needle & Syringe Disposal

Used needles and syringes, if not disposed of safely, can cause injury to people and pets, and spread infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. 

Disposal Drop Boxes

You can deposit your used needles and syringes into sharps disposal drop boxes at the location below:

Reading Town Hall 16 Lowell St. Reading, MA 01867

Please Call 781-942-9061 to help you dispose of the sharps properly.


You can deposit needles and syringes, at any time while Town Hall is open.  Medication drop-off is on the Lower Level of Town Hall across from the bathrooms. Please DO NOT dump unused medications in the sharps drop box.

If you are a resident who uses needles or sharps to manage a medical condition at home, proper disposal of these items is paramount to personal and public safety. Employing safe sharps use and disposal practices will prevent used needles and other sharps from injuring people or pets, and prohibit the spread of life-threatening diseases. Never put used needles and sharps in household trash, public trash, or in with the recyclables, and do not flush them down the toilet.

The improper disposal of sharps in a household or public trash can is a violation of State law (105 CMR 480.000) and is punishable by a fine. Store sharps in an approved sharps container after use, and do not place them into other plastic containers such as empty milk cartons or laundry detergent bottles.

Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes