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More needle cleanup and disposal kits available to residents (04/24/2018 Herald article)

EVERETT — A program that provides free kits to help people safely clean up and dispose of needles is set to expand around Snohomish County.

Starting Wednesday, needle clean-up kits are to be available at five locations. New safe disposal sites are being added, as well.

The kits will be at the Snohomish Health District, Everett and Lynnwood city halls, and the Arlington and Monroe police departments. Once full, the sealed sharps containers included with the kits can be dropped off during open hours at the Snohomish County recycling and transfer stations in Everett, Arlington and Mountlake Terrace, and at the Monroe Police Department or the health district.

The kits include a container for syringes, puncture-proof gloves, safety glasses, tongs, hand sanitizer and instructions.

The health district announced the launch of the needle clean-up kits program in September. Within days, the first 50 had been snapped up and a wait list started.

Since September, 800 kits have been given out and thousands of syringes safely disposed of, according to the health district.