If anyone in your household requires medical sharps due to their health condition, it is essential to dispose of them properly. Discarding them in the trash could result in needle stick injuries to household members, pets, housekeepers, janitors, and municipal workers. Improperly disposed of medical sharps may spread infections and cause soil contamination.

To avoid harm, use a sharps container with a biohazard symbol to store used sharps. Sharps containers are available at our collection locations. Once the container is full, return it to a pharmacy participating in HPSA’s free take-back programs.

HPSA operates Sharps Collection Programs in Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. 

How to return used medical sharps


  • Needles and syringes
  • Infusion sets
  • Lancets
  • Pen tips
  • Pre-filled syringes, cartridges
  • Auto-injector
Consumers may return used medical sharps for companion animals.


  • Glucose meters
  • IV bags and tubing
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rapid tests
Do not place medications in the sharps container

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