Household Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal

Sharps Disposal Information

Sharps are needles and lancets used at home to inject medicine into people or pets. Properly disposing of sharps helps keep potentially harmful products out of the waste stream.

Effective July 1st, 2012: A statewide ban on the disposal of needles, syringes and lances (referred to collectively as sharps) in household trash took effect through amendments to the medical waste regulations [105 CMR 480 minimum requirements for the management of medical or biological waste (state sanitary code chapter VIII)].

Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes (

Note: Oxford, MA does not have a Sharps Disposal Container


Questions about drop off locations? Please visit the website or call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Medication Disposal

Most medication, unless indicated otherwise on the package, may be disposed of in your regular household trash (blue bin) after removing it from the container and mixing it with something undesirable such as coffee grounds or kitty litter. Do not flush medication down the toilet. View instructions for medication disposal.

Medication Drop off Box Located at the Oxford Police Station, 503 Main Street

List of Items that are accepted in the Medication Drop Box

  • Prescriptions
  • Prescription patches
  • Prescription meds
  • Ointments
  • Over the Counter (OTC) Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Sample medications
  • Pet Medications

Thermometer Disposal

Mercury Thermometers can be brought to NEDT at a cost of $5 per thermometer.