To help prevent improperly discarded sharps, Salt Lake County Health Department maintains five anonymous, free, secure sharps disposal boxes in Salt Lake City:
People may use sharps (including needles, syringes, or lancets) to manage medical conditions such as allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV, infertility, migraines, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, blood clotting disorders, or psoriasis.
Previously, residents have been advised to dispose of sharps in a hard, plastic container in their city waste receptacle. While this is still technically allowed, it is not environmentally ideal, so we encourage residents to use one of the disposal boxes listed above to safely discard their sharps.
Improperly discarded needles from injection drug use are also an environmental and infectious disease hazard to our community. Providing a safe, secure place to dispose of used sharps is one way Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake County Health Department are working together to help address this problem.
Studies have shown that there are fewer improperly discarded sharps in areas that have a proper disposal option available. These sharps disposal boxes are a safe, secure way for anyone to discard used sharps and hopefully decrease the number that are left in our public spaces.
Salt Lake County Health Department provides guidance and support to syringe exchange providers operating in Salt Lake County under Utah Rule R386-900. The health department does not provide syringe exchange services directly to the general public.
Syringe exchange providers must enroll with the Utah Department of Health and follow all elements, including reporting requirements, of the syringe exchange rule.
See the Utah Syringe Exchange Program Handbook for more information or contact the Utah Department of Health at 801-538-6191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.