For the safe management of sharps, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) provides residents with a complimentary Safe Clip. This device holds 1,500 needles and safely stores them in an attached receptacle. When full, Safe Clips can be disposed of as regular trash. Residents may, if they prefer, put the entire syringe in a heavy plastic container with a lid (an empty liquid detergent container works well for this), mark the container with a permanent marker "Sharps - Not for Recycle" and dispose of the container as regular trash when it is full.
Small amounts of in-home medical waste should be placed in a sealable plastic container and disposed of as regular trash. For large volumes of medical waste or for more information on proper disposal of medical waste, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).
The Elizabethtown Police Department, through the Prescription Drug Take Back program, accepts pills, gel tabs, liquid prescriptions, inhalers, medical patches and syringes during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.