Medication Disposal

  1. Sharps Disposal
  2. Medication Disposal

What Are Sharps and Why Do They Need to Be Discarded in a Special Way?

Sharps include medical needles, syringes, and lancets (finger stick devices) and other sharp medical instruments. Sharps need to be discarded in a special way because of the health risks they pose to people who handle the waste.

Sharps not handled in a proper way can lead to an accidental needle sticks. This can lead to a serious disease to the garbage hauler, neighborhood children and the general public. State law and municipal ordinance makes it illegal to throw out your sharps in your household garbage or your recyclable materials.

What Is the Preferred Method of Disposal for Sharps/ Needles?

  • Prices at Greenfield Health Department are $4.00
  • Put sharps into an approved red “sharps” container.
  • Sharps containers are available for purchase at some local pharmacies and the Greenfield Health Department.

How Do I Dispose of the “Sharps” Containers?

  • Contact your pharmacy about their needle disposal policy and fees.
  • Greenfield residents may bring full containers to the Greenfield Health Department for safe disposal. Disposal of the sharps is free of charge.
  • Laundry bottles and milk jugs are not approved containers.
  • See list below for some area registered collection stations that accept sharps.
  • Some pharmacies will collect and dispose of sharps in approved containers.

Disposal Locations: 

 In the City of Greenfield   



 Near the City of Greenfield

• Greenfield Health Department
7325 West Forest Home Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53220, Phone: 414-329-5275
Residents Only. Approved red sharps containers only. Available for purchase for $4.00

 • Aurora Family Health Clinic & Pharmacy
6901 West Edgerton Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53220, Phone: 414-421-8401

• Pick N' Save Pharmacy
4279 South 76th Street, Greenfield, WI 53220
Phone: 414-541-383

 • Pick N' Save Pharmacy
3701 South 27th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221
Phone: 414-281-3622

• Pick N' Save Pharmacy
6462 South 27th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154, Phone: 414-761-7550

• West Allis Memorial Hospital
8901 West Lincoln Avenue, West Allis, WI 53154, Phone: 414-328-7290
Will accept sturdy plastic laundry containers secured with duct tape. Drop off at Emergency Room, no charge.

More Information

American Diabetes Association
Department of Natural Resources

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