Needle & Medication Disposal

Needle Disposal


A statewide ban on the disposal of needles, syringes and lancets (collectively known as "sharps") went into effect July 1, 2012. The law stipulates that disposal of sharps will not be allowed in regular household trash in Massachusetts. 

Wellesley residents cannot dispose of their sharps in the trash at the RDF, or in their household trash collected by a private trash hauler.

No Needles Clip Art

Storing Sharps Until Disposal

Place sharps into an approved (usually red) sharps container, or other sturdy, puncture and leak-proof container (i.e. small coffee can or rigid plastic container). No loose sharps. If possible, fill the container before bringing it to the kiosk or other approved location.

Residents may bring sharps to a kiosk located at the Wellesley Fire Department at 457 Worcester Street daily from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Residents only, no medical offices, pharmacies, or medical waste companies are allowed.

Medication Disposal

Unused or expired medications can be disposed of at the Wellesley Police Department at 485 Washington Street. 

Medication disposal is allowed for residents only.

No Medication

Accepted Items

  • Prescriptions
  • Prescription Patches
  • Prescription Medications
  • Prescription Ointments
  • Over-the-counter Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Pet Medications

Not Accepted Items

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Inhalers
  • Thermometers
  • Needles (Sharps)
  • Medication from Businesses/Clinics
  • Over-the-counter Ointments
  • Over-the-counter Lotions
  • Over-the-counter Liquids

Take-Back Days

There are Medication and Needle Take-Back Days each year in the Spring and Fall. There is also a Household Hazardous Products Collection Day once a year in May.