For Business & Property Owners

The opioid epidemic is impacting more than the individuals and families struggling with addiction. Whether it’s needles found in yards, property crime or chronic nuisance properties, the issue affects us all.

Property Crime

If you witness a crime in progress, please call 911. If it has already occurred, contact your local police department to file a report.

Nuisance Properties

Depending on the situation, public health, law enforcement, code enforcement and/or social services can be involved. If there is a property near you that you are concerned about, contact your local police department for what steps to take. You can also visit the Snohomish Health District’s website to learn more about filing a garbage and waste complaint.

Used Needles Found on Public or Private Property

Used needles left in public and private places are both a nuisance and potential safety concern. Whether they’re used to inject medicines like insulin or for illegal drugs, used needles can spread diseases like Hepatitis C through accidental needle pokes. While the risk of contracting a disease from a needle-stick injury is very low, you can further reduce that risk by using the right equipment and procedures. It is also important to teach children to never pick up needles found on the ground and to report them to a trusted adult.

 

Since rolling out the free needle clean-up kit program in September 2017, over 800 kits have been distributed by the Snohomish Health District. These kits have ensured the safe and proper disposal of more than 10,000 syringes.  As a result of Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group efforts, the program is expanding to make it simpler and safer for residents and business owners to clean up and dispose of needles found in the community.

 

If you are cleaning up used needles, please make sure to have proper equipment to keep you safe.  The kits provided by the Snohomish Health District include a sharps container, heavy duty gloves, safety glasses, tongs, hand sanitizer and simple instructions for safe collection.

 

There are now 12 locations where free clean-up kits can be picked up during normal business hours:

 

Arlington Police Department – 110 East Third Street, Arlington, WA 98223
Bothell Police Department – 18410 101st Avenue Northeast, Bothell, WA 98011
Everett City Hall – 2930 Wetmore Avenue, Everett, WA 98201
Granite Falls Police Department – 205 S Granite Avenue, Granite Falls, WA 98252
Lynnwood City Hall – 19100 44th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Monroe Police Department – 818 West Main Street, Monroe, WA 98272
Sheriff’s Office South Precinct – 15928 Mill Creek Blvd, Mill Creek, WA 98012
Sheriff’s Office North Precinct – 15100 40th Avenue Northeast, Marysville, WA 98271
Sheriff’s Office East Precinct/Sultan Police Department – 515 Main Street, Sultan, WA 98294
Snohomish Health District – 3020 Rucker Avenue, Suite 104, Everett, WA 98201
Snohomish Police Department – 206 Maple Avenue, Snohomish, WA 98290
Stanwood Police Department – 8727 271st Street Northwest, Stanwood, WA 98292

 

The City of Everett and the Snohomish Health District have developed a short video on how to safely collect and dispose of used needles.

Before you begin collecting, make sure you are wearing puncture-resistant gloves, protective eyewear and closed-toe shoes. Never touch a needle with bare hands. Designate one person as a needle collector; others can scout and point out needles.

 

1. Take your kit TO the needle, open the sharps container
2. Do not touch the syringe with your hands; use pliers, a grabber or tongs
3. Pick up syringe by the barrel or plunger, needle pointing away from you
4. Do not recap, break, bend or remove needle from syringe
5. Place syringe needle-first into container and seal container tightly
6. Never overfill your container and once full, seal the container
7. Be sure to wash hands or use hand sanitizer after you finish collecting
8. Dispose of the sharps container properly

 

Through a partnership with Snohomish County’s Solid Waste Division and the Snohomish Health District, approved sharps containers with the Snohomish Overdose Prevention stickers can be returned to the following locations during normal business hours to:

 

Airport Road Recycling & Transfer Station – 10700 Minuteman Drive, Everett, WA 98204
North County Recycling & Transfer Station – 19600 63rd Avenue Northeast, Arlington, WA 98223
Southwest Recycling & Transfer Station – 21311 61st Place West, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Monroe Police Department – 818 West Main Street, Monroe, WA 98272
Snohomish Health District –  3020 Rucker Avenue, Suite 104, Everett, WA 98201

 

Please note that milk jugs, soda bottles and tin cans are not accepted sharps containers. As a reminder, it is unlawful to dispose of needles in solid waste containers in Snohomish County.

 

If you are not comfortable with handling the needle yourself, please call the county’s non-emergency number (425-407-3999) to report it and get the address of the nearest site with clean-up kits. If it is on someone else’s property, you may also notify the property owner of the needle location

 

This program is intended for residents and business owners cleaning up used needles found in the community, not for businesses that generate used needles. Individuals using insulin shots or other similar uses should dispose of their used needles in sharps containers provided by local pharmacies or clinics.