“Sharps” is a broad term used to describe syringes with attached needles and lancets. When disposed with the regular trash, they can be harmful to sanitation and recycling workers. To reduce the dangers of sharps, you may choose to purchase a pre-paid mail container, sold at most pharmacies, or use a liquid laundry detergent bottle (with the twist lid taped shut). Place used needles in the container and take the full container to one of the locations listed below or ask your pharmacy or doctor if they will accept used sharps.

  • Livingston County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events will take sharps, epi pens, and lancets. Please call for dates of events and items collected. Appointments are required to participate in this program.
  • Livingston County Solid Waste Program through the Livingston County Drain Commissioner’s Office offers collection of these injectable type items. (This is a Free Service for residents offered by the Board of Commissioners and the Livingston County Drain Commissioner.) Please call (517) 545-9609 for more information on where to bring these items.

This information can be found in the Guide to Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, and Safe Disposal. Livingston County does not endorse any particular company or service.

St. Joseph Mercy Pharmacy
(Inside St. Joseph’s Hospital)
620 Byron Rd, Howell, MI
(517) 545-6666
Sharps in approved container only. Call first.

Chelsea Care Pharmacy
14650 E. Old US 12, Suite 103, Chelsea, MI
(734) 593-5900
Sharps accepted in approved container. Call first.

Solid Waste /​ DPW
Brian Jonckheere

Brian Jonckheere
Drain Commissioner



(517) 545-9609


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays


2300 E Grand River Ave.
Suite 105
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 545-9658