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Sharps Disposal Program

Environmental Health

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    239-690-2101
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    Mailing Address

    2295 Victoria Avenue, #206 

    Fort Myers, FL 33901 

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Used Sharps Collection Program 

Why is there a Used Sharps Collection Program?

Many community residents have medical conditions, particularly diabetes, that require self-injections at home. Because of issues regarding safety and disease transmission, the disposal of home-generated needles, syringes and lancets (or "sharps") has caused some concern on the part of families, refuse services, recycling staffs and landfills.

The Lee County Sharps Disposal Program was implemented to:

  • Help you properly dispose of your needles and lancets 
  • Provide an environmentally safe option for disposing of sharps 
  • Prevent injury to humans and animals 
  • Keep sharps out of household trash and recycling bins 
  • Provide the public with local collection sites for home generated needles and lancets 
  • Prevent the spread of infectious disease 
  • Remove used needles from circulation and prevent the sharing of needles

What Are Sharps?

“Sharps” are defined as medical wastes, which have the potential to puncture or lacerate. This includes hypodermic and intravenous needles and syringes, as well as disposable lancets. Once you use a syringe, needle, lancet or other “sharp”, it becomes a potentially hazardous medical waste product. That is why it’s important to dispose of “sharps” the right way.

How does the Lee County Program Work?

You may go to any fire station or health department site in Lee County pick up your initial used sharps container (red box)

  1. After normal injections or blood test, dispose of sharps into the box. Do not clip or recap the needle. 
  2. Do not attempt to retrieve sharps after they have been placed in the box. 
  3. Do not overfill the sharps box. When the box is filled, use the locking mechanism on the lid to secure it. Place strips of adhesive tape across the top of box. 
  4. Return the sealed container to any fire station drop-off site, exchange it for a new one and repeat the process.

When making the exchange, always give the filled sharps box to authorized personnel. Never leave a sharps box unattended. If no one is available at the fire station for an exchange, DO NOT leave your sharps box because it could get into the wrong hands.

Exchange Sites

Alva Fire District 2660 Styles Rd
Bayshore Fire Dept 17350 Nalle Rd
Bonita Springs Fire Dept
  • 28055 Mango Drive 
  • 27701 Bonita Grande Dr 
  • 25001 S Tamiami Trail
Cape Coral Fire Dept
  • 4610 Coronado Blvd 
  • 1029 Diplomat Pkwy 
  • 3623 W Gator Circle 
  • 4540 S Chiquita Blvd 
  • 4107 Pelican Blvd 
  • 1627 Everest Pkwy 
  • 2007 Santa Barbara Blvd 
  • 701 Nicholas Pkwy 
  • 707 SW 1st St 
  • 3942 Burnt Store Rd
Estero Fire Rescue Service
  • 8631 Country Rd Station 1 
  • 21300 Firehouse Ln 
  • 8005 Sweetwater Ranch Bl
Fort Myers Beach Fire
  • 3043 Estero Blvd 
  • 17891 San Carlos Blvd
Fort Myers Fire Dept
  • 2404 Dr. Martin Luther King 
  • 1915 Jefferson 
  • 4520 Cummins Ct 
  • 9700 East Treeline 
  • 1035 Terry St 
  • 4000 Veronica Shoemaker
Fort Myers Shores Fire
  • 12345 Palm Beach Blvd
Iona-McGregor Fire Dept
  • 16551 McGregor Blvd 
  • 15961 Winkler Rd 
  • 5401 Winkler Rd 
  • 6061 S Point Blvd
Lee Co Health Dept
  • 83 Pondella Rd 
  • 3920 Michigan Av
Lehigh Acres Fire Dept
  • 1000 Joel Blvd 
  • 11 S Homestead Rd
Matlacha-Pine Island Fire
  • 5700 Pine Island Rd 
  • 7209 Barrancas Ave 
  • 5015 Stringfellow Rd
North Ft. Myers Fire Dept
  • 1280 Barrett Rd 
  • 16290 Slater Rd 
  • 42 Willis Rd 
  • 2900 Trail Dairy Cir
San Carlos Fire Dept
  • 19591 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy 
  • 8013 Sanibel Blvd 
  • 16901 Island Park Rd
Sanibel Fire and Rescue
  • 2351 Palm Ridge Rd
South Trail Fire District
  • 2100 Crystal Dr 
  • 9450 Daniels Pkwy 
  • 5531 Halifax Av 
  • 12780 Commonwealth Dr
Tice Fire Dept
  • 5850 Buckingham Rd 
  • 9351 Workmen Way

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  • Always keep sharps boxes out of the reach of children. 
  • Place your used syringes into the sharps container immediately after use. Never leave them lying around. 
  • Never put any container with a biohazard symbol into your trash. These containers MUST be returned to an approved disposal site. 
  • Do not overfill or cram needles into your sharps container. They are only puncture resistant not puncture proof. 
  • This is a FREE program for private individuals in Lee County who give themselves or a family member injections. Health care professionals and other business are regulated separately, and are not a part of this program.

OTHER RESOURCES:

Lee Diabetes Care 239-424-3120  http://www.leememorial.org/diabetes

Lee County Solid Waste 239-533-8000   http://www.lee-county.com/solidwaste

Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal http://www.safeneedledisposal.org/