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Friday, April 19, 2024

Fire Prevention 24-7 – Naperville launches free, safe and convenient sharps disposal program

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Naperville recently launched the Residential Sharps Disposal Program through a grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). By properly disposing of sharps, residents can reduce the potential health risks of accidental needle sticks to household members and sanitation workers while ensuring proper disposal to help protect the environment.

The Naperville Residential Sharps Disposal Program is available to all Naperville residents through June 30, 2024.

How the Program Works:

Pick up free sharps containers: Residents can visit the Naperville Fire Department Administration Center at 1380 Aurora Ave., from 8AM to 3PM Monday through Thursday, to pick up free sharps containers. Businesses are ineligible to participate.

Securely store your sharps: The quart-sized Stericycle containers can hold about 36 one-cc syringes, the most common size. Always insert sharps point-first and secure the lid tightly. 

Drop off at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW): Take your sealed container to the HHW at 156 Fort Hill Drive between 9AM and 2PM on weekends. No appointment is necessary. HHW workers can only accept properly sealed Stericycle sharps containers for disposal.

This program supplements the Prescription Drug Drop Box Program, which has provided residents with a way to dispose of unused medication for over a decade.

For more information about the Naperville Residential Sharps Disposal Program, visit naperville.il.us/sharpsdisposal.

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Soraya McLaughlin
Soraya McLaughlin
Soraya McLaughlin is the Naperville Fire Department Community Education Specialist. Contact her via email at mclaughlins@naperville.il.us.
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