Medical Waste Disposal
Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes (Link)
The City has a long standing relationship with Tapestry Health’s Syringe Access Program to respond as quickly as possible to recover discarded needles as an extension of their needle exchange run through a program called Syringe Access. To report a found syringe you can call the Hot Line.
****The HOT LINE phone number to call is: (413) 650-2679.****
The call goes directly to voicemail where you will be asked to provide detailed information on the found syringe. This call is then distributed to Needle Exchange staff and to a group email of community residents that are interested in helping to clean up Holyoke.
Staff and community volunteers will respond within 24 to 36 hours to retrieve and safely dispose of the syringes.
- State Medical Waste Regulations forbid the disposal of Needles, Syringes, and Sharps Containers in household garbage or recycling bins.
State Sanitary Code: (M.G.L.) Chapter 111, Section 127A. Improper disposal of infectious or physically dangerous medical or biological waste may result in penalties of up to $25,000 or two years in a corrections facility. “BE AWARE” Effective July 1, 2010, State Medical Waste Regulations forbid the disposal of Needles, Syringes, and Sharps Containers in household garbage or recycling bins. Contact the City of Holyoke Board of Health at 322-5595 for a list of disposal sites or click on the following (Link)
Mass Health and Human Services Medical Waste Information (Link)
Frequently Asked Questions about the Proper Disposal of Lancets, Needles, Syringes, and Sharps Containers (FAQs Link)
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Last Updated on October 11, 2013 by PublicWorks