Safe Needle Disposal

What to Do with Used Sharps in Illinois

Put used sharps in a strong, plastic container

Have a needle clipper? When the needle clipper is full, it can be disposed of according to your state or local regulations. More information can be found here.

Put the plastic container in the household trash - don't recycle!

If a trash collector is reluctant to collect a red sharps container, refer them to your state waste agency.

Sharps should never be thrown loosely into the trash or toilet

Sharps that retract after use, or are very small, should be disposed of like all other sharps.

If you would like to bring your sealed container to a community sharps disposal program, there are drop-off locations in several cities and towns.

  • Lake Villa Village Hall 
    • Address: 65 Cedar Ave Lake Villa, IL 60046 
    • Service Area: Lake Villa 
    • Contact Phone: 847-356-6100
  • Lake Villa Township Office 
    • Address: 37908 N Fairfield Rd Lake Villa, IL 60046 
    • Service Area: Lake County 
    • Contact Phone: 847-356-2116
  • Grayslake Police Department 
    • Address: 10 Seymour Ave Grayslake, IL 60030 
    • Service Area: Grayslake 
    • Contact Phone: 847-223-2341
  • Round Lake Beach Police Department 
    • Address: 1947 N Municipal Way Round Lake Beach, IL 60073 
    • Service Area: Lake County 
    • Contact Phone: 847-546-2127
  • Aurora Pharmacy-Twin Lakes 
    • Address: 700 N Lake Ave Twin Lakes, WI 53181 
    • Service Area: Kenosha County 
    • Contact Phone: 262-877-8777
  • Gurnee Village Hall 
    • Address: 325 N O'Plaine Rd Gurnee, IL 60031 
    • Service Area: Gurnee 
    • Contact Phone: 847-599-7500
  • Warren Township At Your Door Service *Appointment Required* 
    • Address: Township Resident Pickup Gurnee, IL 60031 
    • Service Area: Gages Lake, Grandwood Park, Wildwood, and portions of Grayslake, Old Mill Creek, Park City, Third Lake, Wadsworth, Waukegan, and Beach Park 
    • Contact Phone: 800-449-7587  

If you have additional questions about disposing medication or need to find a location outside of our local area, please visit NABP (National Association of Boards of Pharmacy) website. 

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