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Phone: 320-763-9340
Toll Free: 800-972-6318
Fax: 320-763-9342

2115 Jefferson Street,
Alexandria, MN 56308

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Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4:30
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Recycling Center Hours
Monday-Friday 8-5
Saturday 9-2
Closed Sundays

Hazardous Waste Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4
Closed Saturday and Sunday
No appointment necessary




Sharps (Hypodermic Needles)

The HHW facility accepts used hypodermic needles from residents (not businesses)
who self-medicate. Many people throw used needles - often called "sharps" -
into their regular trash. Unfortunately, this disposal method puts Pope/Douglas and
trash hauler employees at risk from needle sticks! Instead, we encourage residents
to bring used sharps to our facility. No fees are charged.


Household Disposal Option

Sharps must be brought in an approved sharps container or in an empty laundry detergent container with a screw on lid. (See instructions below).

Needles brought in any other containers or loose needles will not be accepted.


Business/Commerical Disposal Option

Stericycle specializes in proper pickup, treatment, and disposal of biohazards, such as “red bag” medical waste and sharps containers from Business/Commerical and Healthcare Institutions. Stericycle Biohazard Waste Disposal Services.  

MPCA Factsheet on Proper Sharps Disposal Options