Operation Red Box

Syringe Disposal Boxes are a part of a project to safely dispose of used needles and lancets so that people in the community are protected from them.

Used needles can be placed in the Syringe Disposal Box any time of day or night, free and anonymously. It is not meant to take a large amount of needles all at once.

Why do we need this?
Used needles can injure people and spread diseases like hepatitis, tetanus and HIV.  If used needles are left on the ground or loose in the trash, children, trash collectors and others can be hurt or exposed to disease. 

Where are the boxes located?
We have multiple locations and plans for additional locations within the next two years.  The boxes that are currently installed are located:

1) 1055 Mt Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH 43203
2) John Maloney Center  1905 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH  43207 (**on the Barthman Ave side of the building)
3) Hilltop Library Branch 511 S. Hague Ave (**on the Powell Ave side of library)

Safe Disposal of Needles at Home
One of the goals of the syringe disposal plan is to educate people on how to safely dispose of needles they use at home, such as insulin needles or lancets.  Syringes can be disposed of in your trash as long as they are placed within a strong plastic container (like a bleach jug- not a milk jug) that is closed and labeled on the outside SYRINGES ENCLOSED.

If you find needles outside
Please call the City of Columbus 311 number (dial 311 or 645-3111) and report them.  Depending on the location the service will route the call to the appropriate place to address them.

More Information
For more information about this community project, call (614) 724-2033.

Need Help
If you or someone you know needs help with drug abuse, call Neighborhood House at 614-252-4941 or go to 1000 Atcheston St., Columbus OH.

Supporting Partners
This project is a Neighborhood Partnership grant awarded through the Columbus Foundation and the United Way of Central Ohio and made possible by the following community partners, including: the Near East Area Commission; neighborhood resident and advocate Mr. Greg Porter; The Neighborhood House, Inc., Bob Evans, PNC, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.