Sharps Disposal

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To help the community safely dispose sharps medical supplies, the City of West Fargo Sanitation Department has installed two sharps drop box sites. Sharps are defined as medical supplies with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin. Examples include needles, syringes, lancets or “fingerstick” devices, auto injectors, infusion sets and connection needles.

The drop boxes allow residents to place sharps disposal containers where they can be collected for a special disposal process at the Fargo Landfill. By utilizing the drop box, residents ensure their sharps stay out of the regular garbage stream so they can be managed specifically at the Fargo Landfill.

The drop boxes are designed similar to medication disposal bins, allowing individuals to drop materials in but not retrieve materials out.

The sharps disposal drop boxes are accessible at two monitored locations:

  • 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Sanitation Building (117 Eighth St. W., West Fargo)
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday near the north entrance of the West Fargo Police Department (800 Fourth Ave. E.)

City of West Fargo worked with the North Dakota Department of Health and the Fargo Landfill to ensure drop sites comply with public health standards for waste disposal.

Drop boxes are only intended for sharps and should not be used to dispose of medication or other medical supplies. A medication disposal bin is located next to the sharps disposal bin in the lobby of the West Fargo Police Department for West Fargo residents to use.

Sharps Disposal Fact Sheet

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