Household Hazardous Waste
Needles, sharps, and syringes
Diseases such as Hepatitis A and C, and HIV can be transmitted
from needle sticks. Needles, syringes, and lancets (sharps) should
be safely managed to prevent injury and disease
Follow these simple steps for safe disposal of sharps:
- Purchase commercially available sharps container. If purchase
is not an option, container at the very least must be constructed
of hard plastic (eg. laundry detergent) or metal (eg coffee
- With permanent marker label container, "USED HOUSEHOLD SHARPS"
"DO NOT RECYCLE"
- Add sharps point-first into container.
- Keep lid on at all times to prevent spills and decrease needle
- Fill container as much as possible with sharps and fill with
sand or kitty litter.You must be able to close container lid.
- When full, cap container with lid and duct tape shut.
- Place in trash
- Put loose sharps in the trash
- Flush used needles down the toilet
- Place sharps in recycling cart