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Certain medical conditions require the use of hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets, and scalpel blades.

Improper disposal of these items may result in the injury of trash haulers and recyclers, and contaminate and potentially jeopardize recycling programs. Ask your pharmacist for information about a safe disposal program in your area. DO NOT RECYCLE OR THROW NEEDLES IN THE TRASH.

Option 1 for proper disposal of medical waste: 

Place all items with sharp edges in a strong plastic container with a lid (such as a laundry detergent bottle) or a coffee can with a lid. Write “NOT RECYCLABLE” on the container to make sure it does not accidentally get put into your recycling bin.

When the container is about 3/4 full, put the lid on and seal it tightly with strong tape. This container can then be placed in your garbage bin for pick up. DO NOT place it in your recycling bin.

Option 2 for proper disposal of medical waste: 

Ask your pharmacist for information about a safe disposal program in your area or visit your local pharmacy for more information on needle disposal products and takeback programs.

Residents may also contact:

Safe Needle Disposal
1-800-643-1643
www.safeneedledisposal.org

Stericycle
1-800-MEDWASTE
www.stericycle.com

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