Northampton to hold sharps collection program Saturday
NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Board of Health and the Department of Public Works will collect sharps — needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp items — at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The event will also offer free disposal of unwanted medications and the opportunity to donate durable medical equipment for reuse.
Improper disposal of home-generated sharps is a health and safety threat to children, pets, home health care providers, trash collectors and recycling workers through accidental needle stick injuries. In Massachusetts, it’s no longer legal to throw sharps in the trash.
A disposal fee for sharps will be charged by volume equivalent, and all sharps must be delivered in biohazard containers, which are typically red. Approved containers will be available for purchase at this event: $8 for a 1-quart container and $10 for a 1.5-quart container. Container fees include the cost of future disposal. When full, these sharps containers can be delivered to future collection events (at health fairs, household hazardous waste collections, etc.) or to the Northampton Board of Health office, Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At this collection event, the Stavros Center for Independent Living in Amherst will also be on hand to accept donations of durable medical equipment for their Home Sweet Home loan program. Donors can receive a tax-deductible receipt for wheelchairs, walkers, bath or shower chairs, commodes, metal forearm crutches, canes, hoyer lifts, grab bars, knee braces, hospital beds and prostheses.
For information, contact Karen Bouquillon at the Northampton Department of Public Works at 587-1059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.