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Drop off Instructions:

Sharps are to be put into rigid puncture-resistant containers with secure lids or caps. (Guidelines for acceptable containers can be found above.)

Additional instructions are as follows:

  • Containers are for hazardous sharps only.
  • Please return the container when it is 3/4 full.
  • Do not attempt to open the container.
  • Store the container out of sight and reach of children.
  • Close and lock the lid completely when returning container.
  • Return the container in a plastic bag during courthouse hours.

There are several locations in Northeast Wisconsin that provide residents with the ability to drop off their used or unwanted medical sharps. For the full list of registered collection locations, please go to the DNR's website and search "sharps disposal," or click the link provided. 

Note: Please contact the collection location prior to dropping off your sharps to find out if there are any residency restrictions or criteria you need to follow prior to your arrival. Contact information is provided on the DNR's list of registered collection facilities. 

There is currently one active drop off location in Calumet County for medical sharps, but residents do have the option of ​using out of county collection locations for their sharps disposal. 

When disposing of sharps, it is important to dispose of them in safe, and accepted sharps disposal containers. Failure to do so can result in the harm of individuals transporting or processing sharps containers. 

Place sharps in either thick-walled detergent or bleach bottles with screw-on, puncture-resistant lids, or you may purchase acceptable sharps containers at a local retailer. If you are using a bleach bottle, detergent bottle, or similar item, label the container with the words "biohazard," "infectious waste," or "sharps." Additionally, if you are using a recyclable container, label the container "Do not recycle."

Do not ​dispose of sharps in milk containers, coffee cans, aluminum cans, soda bottles, or other similar containers, as they are likely to be punctured and pose a serious health risk.

Note: Do not fill containers with bleach in an attempt to disinfect or sterilize sharps. Contents could spill and result in injury to unsuspecting workers. Avoid filling containers more than 3/4 full to reduce the risk of a puncture.

For more information about sharps disposal and acceptable containers, please visit the DNR's website

Some examples of sharps include:

  • Needles – a very fine, slender, hollow piece of metal used to inject medication under the skin.
  • Syringes – device which a needle is attached to in order to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body.
  • Lancets also called a “fingerstick” – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing. Lancets are commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.
  • Auto injectors, including epinephrine pens – syringe pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body.
  • Infusion sets – tubing system with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body.
  • Connection needles/sets – needle that connects to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body. This is generally used for patients on home hemodialysis.

*Information above provided by: www.safeneedledisposal.org

Sharps Disposal

What are Sharps?

Mail-back Programs

Another option to dispose of sharps is to take advantage of the numerous mail-back programs that are available throughout the United States. Mail-back programs can be found online by searching "sharps mail-back programs." Most programs will mail you a box with an approved sharps container inside. Once the container arrives, you simply fill it with sharps and mail the box back to the company. Pricing, container sizes, and services will vary greatly with these programs. It is important to research which company will meet your needs at an affordable price. 

It is important to correctly dispose of medical sharps to protect the health of those that may come into contact with used sharps. Wisconsin state law requires that all infectious waste (including sharps) be disposed of properly, pursuant to state statue NR 526.13.

It is illegal to dispose of sharps in the trash or recycling. Protect sanitation workers from potential harm by properly disposing of sharps.

Always place sharps in an approved sharps container, and properly dispose of that container at your nearest Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approved sharps collection station. For a list of approved sharps collection facilities, correct packaging, and why sharps disposal is important, please go to the DNR's website and search sharps disposal or click here.  



Drop-off Location in Calumet County:​

​- Calumet County Residents Only

​Calumet County Courthouse - Public Health Office 
206 Court St. Chilton, WI 53014

Contact information: Bonnie Kolbe, RN, BSN, CHPN

Calumet County Health Division Manager/ Health Officer

Phone: 920-849-1432

​Calumet County residents may bring their full sharps containers to the public health office in the courthouse during regular business hours. Upon dropping off your full sharps container, you will receive an empty sharps container in return. All disposal services are free of charge to residents. ​​

Disposal Locations

Approved Sharps Containers

Sharps are a medical term that describes a device with points or edges that can cut or puncture skin. Sharps are used for medical conditions either at home, work, or on the road, and they can be used for humans or animals.

Community Recycling in Calumet County