Why It Is Important To Dispose of Needles Properly?
Used needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp medical objects are called "sharps." Such items must be disposed of in a separate manner from regular waste. This is done to protect landfill, recycling and waste-to-energy facility operators. This waste is also treated differently in that it must be sterilized or burned to kill any infectious diseases before disposal.
We ask that Schenectady County residents who use sharps at home dispose of them according to the following guidelines.
If you cannot deliver your sharps container to one of the facilities mentioned due to a disability or transportation issues, then the next best disposal option is to place the labeled and sealed sharps disposal container in the trash.
What To Do
Follow These Three Simple Steps:
1. Store sharps in a sharps container that you can get at a pharmacy or in a thick plastic bottle, such as a detergent bottle. Keep the cap on the bottle and clearly label the bottle "Sharps" with a waterproof marking pen.
2. When ready to deliver, tape the cap onto bottle.
3. Deliver to one of the locations identified.
What Not to Do
-Do not put sharps in with recyclables.
-Do not put sharps in unlabeled bottle or container.
-Do not put sharps in a glass container.
-Do not clip needles.
-Do not put sharps in the trash (unless delivery to facilities discussed here is not possible.)
Ellis Hospital (518) 243-4207
1101 Nott Street Schenectady, NY 12308
Drop-Off: Call 243-4025 for Environmental Services Supervisor. Entrance G Floor Garage Waste Disposal Area by Parking Garage.
St. Clare's Hospital (518) 347-5133
600 McClellan St. Schenectady, NY 12304
Mon-Sat. 9am -1pm
Will also accept outside of posted hours by appt.
Drop-Off: Service Entrance at rear of Hospital - Ring Bell Below Picture of Syringe
Bellevue Women's Hospital (518) 346-9513
2210 Troy-Schenectady Rd. Niskayuna, NY 12309
7 days a week 8am-4pm
Drop-Off: Receiving Area
Sunnyview Hospital & Rehabilitation Center (518) 382-4554
1270 Belmont Ave. Schenectady, NY 12308
Drop-Off: Room B5
Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Inc. (518) 370-4700x117
297 N. Ballston Ave. Scotia, NY 12302
Drop-Off: Rear of Bldg. at the loading/receiving dock
Glendale Home - Schenectady County Dept. of Social Services (518) 384-3627
59 Hetcheltown Rd. Scotia, NY 12302
Drop-Off: Receiving Entrance
Kingsway Arms Nursing Center, Inc. (518) 393-4117
323 Kings Rd. Schenectady, NY 12304
Wed. 8am-12pm & 2pm-4pm
Drop-Off: Front Lobby
The Dutch Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (518) 370-5051
1940 Hamburg Street Schenectady, NY 12304
Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-3:30pm, Closed Holidays
Drop-Off: Business Office Reception Area
Northwoods Rehab. and Ext Care Facility - Hill Top (518) 374-2212
1805 Providence Ave. Niskayuna, NY 12309
Drop-Off: Facility Coordinator (Nursing Supervisor) Office
Aumiller's Pharmacy (518) 393-2173
1340 State Street Schenectady, NY 12309
Mon-Fr. 9am-10pm; Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 8am-8pm
Drop-Off: Inside, Middle Aisle
K-Mart Pharmacy (518) 372-2256
Rotterdam Square mall
Drop-Off: Next to pharmacy