Looking for a safe way to get rid of used medical needles and sharps?
The Leesburg Fire Department and Public Works Department now provide a free and convenient option for city residents. Collection containers are located at four city fire stations to allow for proper disposal of the unwanted medical materials and to prevent dumping into household, business and public garbage.
Deputy Fire Chief Joe Mera said the department is providing the service in response to inquiries from residents: “We hope people will utilize this service and not stockpile these materials at home.”
A firefighter must be present at each fire station to observe the disposal of needles and sharps. All materials must be placed inside the fire department’s collection containers – do not bring your own containers for drop-off, and do not leave materials at the fire stations without notice.
Sharps are any medical devices with sharp points or edges to puncture or cut skin for people or pets. They include: needles, syringes, lancets and other accessories. About nine million Americans use needles and sharps to help manager medical conditions. They create three billion used needles and sharps to be disposed each year outside of hospitals, medical offices and other health care facilities.
Improperly disposed medical materials can cause injury and spread infections. Never place loose needles and sharps in household or public trash cans or recycling bins. Do not flush them down the toilet.
Ask your medical provider if they will accept used sharps containers. The Lake County Health Department will exchange sharps containers for a $15 fee from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at the Umatilla Health Center, 249 E. Collins St. east of State Road 19.
Leesburg’s fire stations are located below:
Station 61 201 S. Canal St.
Station 62 2014 W. Griffin Road
Station 63 9400 Veteran's Road
Station 64 3714 Rogers Industrial Park Road
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.