Free Sharps/Needle Disposal


It is illegal to put needles and other sharp medical items in the trash, recycling or medication collection drop boxes.

Medical sharps, such as needles, syringes, and lancets, pose an injury risk for anyone who comes in contact with these items. Large numbers of sharps are used at home, work, and on the road. If sharps are put in the trash or recycling or flushed down the toilet, they can injure sanitation workers or cause equipment problems. Therefore, it is important to properly package and dispose of all sharps.

For more information about managing household medical sharps visit:


Check with your healthcare provider and pharmacy for disposal details.                                                                                                        Plan ahead to determine proper container sizes for disposal at the various sites.

City of Superior Residents:

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) 27th Avenue West & the Waterfront, Duluth, MN 55806

City of Superior residents may use WLSSD's Household Hazardous Waste facility free of charge. Medical sharps generated in homes should be disposed of as follows:  Place sharps in a puncture resistant container, such as a detergent bottle or plastic soda bottle with a screw top lid. Put a Medical Sharps sticker over the lid or mark it “DANGER MEDICAL SHARPS.” These labels are provided at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility or by calling 218-722-3336.  Deliver to the WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Facility during open hours.

Essentia Health Pharmacy in Superior                                                                                                                                                              3500 Tower Ave, Superior, WI

Vivent Health Needle Exchange and Narcan:                                                                                                                                                   1507 Tower Ave # 230, Superior, WI 54880                                                                                                                                           

Douglas County Government Center                                                                                                                                                                  1316 N 14th St, Superior, WI

First floor disposal kiosk: Needles must be in a container no bigger than 3.5 inches by 10 inches such as a small baby wipe container or kleenex box. Small sharps containers are available in the Health Department on 3rd floor.