medical waste

Medical waste (example: any material that poses a biological, chemical, radioactive or physical hazard, such as chemotherapy treatments or radiotherapeutic materials) cannot be disposed of in the MMWA curbside trash collection program. Please contact your healthcare provider or hospital for information on disposal options.

However, needles/sharps can be disposed of curbside as long as they are properly prepared. Place needles/sharps in an empty rigid plastic receptacle, like a laundry detergent container. Once the container is 2/3 full, it should be tightly closed and sealed with masking or duct tape. Clearly write “SHARPS” on the container in large letters, and discard along with trash, not recycling. Residents with questions about disposing of sharps in their household trash should contact MMWA at (989) 781-9555 for more information.