Since my son’s diagnosis, we were told the Orange Co. (FL) Fire Department provides a service where you go to a fire station, and they will give you a container, and once it is full you drop it there and they will give you an empty one. For us, it works great, today I received an email about sharps disposal programs nationwide. How do you dispose of your sharps?
Sharps should never be thrown loosely into the trash. It’s important to dispose of your used needles and sharps properly.
Safety tip #1
Used sharps should be disposed of in an FDA-cleared sharps container, or a puncture-proof, plastic container, like an empty laundry detergent or bleach bottle.
• When the container is ¾ full, put the lid on and seal with duct tape. • Label “DO NOT RECYCLE”. • Place it in your household trash, if permitted by your state.
Safety tip #2
Disposing of sharps might be different, depending on where you live, work or travel. Visit SafeNeedleDisposal.org and enter your zip code to find out how sharps can safely be disposed of in your local community.
Safety tip #3
Some alternative solutions for safe disposal include:
• Drop Box or Supervised Collection Points • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites • Mail-Back Programs • In-Home Individual Disposal Products