Ask your pharmacy if they participate in a needle return program. If neither your physician nor your pharmacy provides a collection system for you, follow these suggestions:
To be safe and legal, dispose of home-generated sharps, needles, and syringes in this manner:
- Place sharps in an empty, rigid plastic container, such as a laundry detergent bottle.
- Tape the bottle’s cap shut with strong tape. Firmly attach a “Do Not Recycle” label to the bottle. Please see the sample label.
- Dispose of bottle in the trash.
The Universal Recycling Law allows people to reuse rigid plastic bottles to dispose of their home-generated sharps.
Sample label to tape to disposal containers. Printing on colored paper makes the label more eye-catching.
Regulated Medical Waste (non-residential)
These can be provided by the LRSWMD.