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Individual Sharps Disposal Program

Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County

Individual Sharps Disposal Program (ISDP)


The ISDP is designed to provide individuals who use sharps at home a place for proper disposal for free. The ISDP is not for commercial use. Commercial waste generators are required to have an operating permit from the DeSoto County Health Department (DCHD) per Chapter 64E-16, Florida Administrative Code and 381.006, 381.0098 FS. Law. Please contact the DCHD for additional permitting information at (863) 993-4601 extension 120.

The following location is an approved drop-off site:

Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County
34 S. Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, FL 34266

Store sharps in approved biohazard containers only; milk jugs and plastic coffee cans are unsafe as these items are not puncture resistant.  Currently sharps containers are provided at the DeSoto County Health Department free of charge. 

For any questions concerning home sharps disposal, please call (863) 993-4601 extension 120.