All hospitals and nursing homes in NYS are mandated by law to accept home-generated sharps as a free community service through their sharps collection programs. Stony Brook University Hospital has designated the Dental Care Center as its drop-off site for community household sharps collection. Long Island residents can place their used sharp objects (needles, syringes, lancets, etc.) in a sharps container or a heavy duty plastic container that cannot be broken or punctured, such as a bleach or laundry detergent bottle. Do not use soda cans, milk cartons, glass bottles, metal cans, coffee cans, or lightweight plastic containers as they may crack or be punctured by the sharps. Residents must close the screw-on cap tightly, placed heavy duty tape over the cap and use a marker to write “Contains Sharps” on the bottle.
Residents may bring their appropriate sharps container to the main reception desk at the Dental Care Center, located on the south campus of Stony Brook University (South Drive, Stony Brook) any workday Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For further information contact Environmental Health & Safety at (631) 444-6783.