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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.

Here are some general rules for the disposal of home 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.

Residents may also contact:

Safe Needle Disposal


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