Home Sharps Disposal

Home Sharps Disposal

More and more injectable medications are being prescribed for home and personal use.  Medications for diabetes, blood-thinners, allergies, and arthritis are just a few on the market these days.  These medications can be life-changing, not to mention, life-saving!  However, disposing of the needles and injectable mechanisms can be challenging.  Throwing away syringes and other sharp objects is monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency. You must dispose of them properly for your own safety and for the safety of others. Because of waste disposal regulations, home care providers and health care institutions are not allowed to pick up or receive medical waste or sharps from your home.  This includes church!  There are small, red, Biohazard sharps containers in each of the men and women’s restrooms here at church, and they are only to dispose of needles used here on campus!  Please DO NOT bring your sharps from home and place them in the church receptacles.

Which Container Should I Use?

Place needles, syringes, IV spikes without an attached bag, lancets and other sharp objects in a hard-plastic or metal container with a screw-on or tightly secured lid. Many containers found in the household will work, (like and empty coffee can with a screw on lid), or you may buy containers specially designed for the disposal of medical waste sharps.  If a recyclable container is used to dispose of medical waste sharps, keep the container separate from recyclables. Label the container, “Not for Recycling”.  Make sure your sharps container is made of non-breakable material and has a lid that can be securely closed (screwed on or tightly secured). Before discarding a container, be sure to reinforce the lid with heavy-duty tape.  Do not put sharp objects in any container you plan to recycle or return to a store, and do not use glass or clear plastic containers. Lastly, make sure that you keep all containers with sharp objects out of the reach of children and pets.

How Can I Safely Dispose of Home Medical Sharps?

Disposal of syringes and other sharp objects is monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  It is important to dispose of them properly for your safety and for the safety of others.  Elite Trauma Clean-up at 43686 North Gratiot in Clinton Township will take your personal sharps.   Contact them 1:00-3:00 pm, M-F at 586.954.4881 to arrange for drop off.