Biohazard_Sharps_ContainerAs of July 1, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health mandated that sharps may not be disposed of in the regular trash for safety reasons. Sharps include needles, syringes & lancets. Sharps must now be placed in red biohazard containers (no laundry jugs, coffee cans, water bottles, etc.)

Where to Pick up a Red Biohazard Container
New Bedford residents may pick up one quart-sized red biohazard container at the Health Department, 1213 Purchase Street, 1st floor.  The hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


What to Do with a Full Red Biohazard Container
There are three permanent sites in New Bedford where sharps can be dropped off anytime during regular business hours. Sharps must be in red biohazard containers; no other types of containers are accepted. Please call each location for additional information. The permanent sites are the following:


Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
(Enter parking lot off Acushnet Ave into Dr. Laurel Miller Center)
874 Purchase Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 992-6553


Seven Hills Behavioral Health
1173 Acushnet Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02746
(508) 996-0546
Seven Hills Behavioral Health
589 South First Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 996-3147
 Contact Information
New Bedford Refuse District Recycling Office
(508) 979-1493
questions about curbside recycling, drop-off recycling and recycling events