How To Dispose of Non-Program Items

Intravenous Bags

Empty bags go in trash (not recyclable).  If the bag contains a fluid return the bag to the home care provider, pharmacy or other medical provider.  They can dispose of the waste safely and properly. It is not recommended that chemotherapy agents be disposed in the trash or poured down the drain.

Household Generated Sharps

Syringes, needles and lancets used at home to administer medications are called “sharps”. Household sharps pose health risks to waste disposal personnel and can cause pollution when improperly disposed. Residents can properly dispose of sharps through the Ingham County Medical Sharps Disposal Program. DO NOT bring needles, Epi-pens, etc. to a pharmacy for disposal through the Take Back Meds Program. Click here to learn more about sharps and needles at the Food and Drug administration website.

To prepare Household generated sharps for the Ingham County Medical Sharps Disposal Program:

  • Place sharps inside a rigid, puncture resistant containers such as red medical waste containers, coffee cans or thick plastic detergent bottles.
  • Seal and label “not for recycling”
  • Dispose of your sharps at one of the drop-off locations below.

Drop off Locations for sharps containers:

  • Granger Recycling Center

  • 16936 Wood Road, Lansing Charter Township, MI 48906
  • Phone: (517) 372-2800
  • Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm (All Year)

  • Ingham County Health Department

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection
  • Ingham County Human Services Building
  • 5303 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48909
  • Thursdays, 2 – 6 pm (May through September)
  • Follow the signs to Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

HHW is accepted at Ingham County Health Department Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

Drop off is available on Thursdays, 2 – 6 pm (May through September)

Ingham County Human Services Building
5303 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48909

Follow the signs to Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Examples Include:

  • Hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, etc.
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Mercury containing products; thermometers, batteries
  • Pesticides; Lice shampoos, flea baths & powders, insecticides
  • Nail polish & nail polish remover, perfumes

Recycle Rama Event

Ingham county residents can drop off a wide variety of hard to recycle items including HHW, mercury thermometers, controlled and non-controlled medications. This is an annual event held in April. Contact the City of Lansing for more information: 517-483-4400

Personal care products

Personal care products are acceptable to dispose of with your regular trash.

Examples Include Non-Medicated:

  • Lotions
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Suntan lotion
  • Deodorants
  • Non-flammable cosmetics
  • And other non-medicated products you apply to your body

Business Medical Waste

View the .pdf link from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for guidelines on proper disposal of Mixed Medical Waste for businesses.

Mixed Medical Waste Guidance.pdf