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Syringe drop boxes in Minneapolis

Syringe drop boxes are public, easily-identified receptacles used to safely and easily dispose of syringes. Similar boxes that are currently being used by New York, Boston and San Francisco have proven to significantly decrease syringe litter. 

The City of Minneapolis and its residents have identified syringe litter as a concern. Syringe litter creates a public health hazard, risk of injury and spread of disease. Drop boxes have proven to be an effective way to decrease the amount of syringe litter.

The City of Minneapolis partnered with a local woman-owned business to design and manufacture boxes that incorporate the advantages of the boxes currently used in other cities while improving the design to better serve our city.

Features of the Minneapolis boxes include:

  • Steel construction mounted on posts secured to the ground
  • Locked and marked with biohazard labels
  • Small holes will accept syringes and other injection supplies and will limit dumping of other material
  • Hoods over holes to keep rain and snow out
  • Locked, hinged access panel that opens for emptying will be accessible only to the authorized service vendor
  • All steel and powder coated for a clear finish that's UV-resistant, weather-resistant, graffiti-resistant and cleanable
  • Illustrated instructions to demonstrate use clearly without any language barriers
  • Designed to provide a non-threatening feel for people safely disposing of syringes and other injection supplies
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Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415