Red Sharps Container Disposal Program
Biohazardous waste must be disposed of according to federal, state and local regulations. Used needles and other contaminated sharps must be placed in a closeable, puncture-resistant, leak-proof container that is red in color or marked with a biohazard label.
Never dispose of needles in household recycling or garbage bins! This may cause problems ranging from placing other residents and waste management workers at health risk, to clogging lift stations in the sewer system. Sharps can transmit Hepatitis, AIDS and other fluid-borne pathogens.
The Florida Department of Health in Lake County, Florida now has three locations where residents may pay $15 to safely dispose of biohazardous medical waste, such as syringes with attached needles, scalpel blades, disposable lancets, and pipettes contaminated with body fluids.
The following locations are open Monday through Friday. Residents will receive a new red sharps disposal container.
Florida Department of Health in CLERMONT (352) 989-9001
875 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, 34711
Florida Department of Health in LEESBURG (352) 360-6548
2113 Griffin Road, Leesburg, 34748
Florida Department of Health in UMATILLA (352) 771-5500
249 E. Collins Street, Umatilla, 32784