The Topeka Police Department has introduced a sharps container for disposal of needles.

A large box will be located next to the MedSafe, where prescription drugs can be dropped off,  in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center, 320 S. Kansas. Residents can dispose of syringes, needles, needle connectors, lancets, auto injectors and infusion sets, among medical objects, 24 hours, seven days a week.

Chief Bill Cochran said the sharps disposal box was apart of ongoing effort to expand public safety services.

"This is a win-win for the city of Topeka and it's citizens," he said in a media release.

Councilwoman Karen Hiller approached the department earlier this year about the sharps container, according to the release.

The department used the city's drug tax fund to purchase the container. Sharps in the disposal will be sent to the Shawnee County Solid Waste Department.