Naperville Residential Sharps Disposal Program
The Naperville Sharps Disposal Program is a free and convenient way for Naperville residents to dispose of used medical needles and syringes. Millions of people rely on sharps to manage their health at home – from insulin for diabetes to injectable medications for chronic conditions. However, used sharps pose a serious health and environmental threat if not disposed of properly. This program helps protect family members, sanitation workers and the environment by allowing residents to access free sharps containers and utilize the Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW) for disposal.
How the Program Works
1.) Pick up a Free Sharps Container
Naperville residents can pick up free sharps disposal containers at the Naperville Fire Department Administration Center (1380 Aurora Ave.) between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from Jan. 2 through June 30, 2024.
2.) Safely Secure the Sharps
The quart-size containers hold approximately 36 one-cc syringes (the most common needle size). Always insert sharps point-first and securely close the lid. HHW staff will only accept properly secured Stericycle-brand containers for disposal.
3.) Dispose of Your Sharps at the HHW
Residents may dispose of the sealed sharps containers at the HHW facility (156 Fort Hill Drive) on weekends between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. No appointment is required.
Important Additional Information
- This program is only for Naperville residents and does not accept sharps from businesses.
- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency generously funded this program, which provided a grant to the City of Naperville not exceeding $35,000.
- The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has information about the Best Way to Get Rid of Used Needles and Other Sharps.
Sharps Disposal Program participants may also find interest in the Prescription Drug Drop Box Program, which allows people to safely and anonymously dispose of unused/expired prescription or over-the-counter medication. Together, we can keep Naperville safe and healthy by properly disposing of sharps.
If you have questions about Naperville's Sharps Disposal Program, please call the Fire Administration at (630) 305-5900 or email Fire Lieutenant Jared Johnson at email@example.com.
The media release about the program's launch is available: Naperville Launches Free Sharps Disposal Program for Residents