Ideally used needles and syringes should be thrown away in a “sharps” container. This is a hard plastic container and may be provided by your pharmacy or pharmaceutical company that makes your medication. These containers are also available for purchase.
If you are unable to buy a container, here are some general guidelines to follow to keep your family, neighbors, and garbage collectors safe:
- Use a hard plastic, puncture proof container, such as an empty laundry detergent bottle. Note: a 2-liter soda bottle is too thin!
- Tape the lid on the bottle so that it can’t be accidentally opened.
- Label the container “SHARPS” in big block letters and place it on top of your trash.
It is extremely important for you to contact your local sanitation carrier to make sure you are disposing of needles and syringes appropriately.