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Proper Disposal of Sharps


What are "sharps?" Sharps are hypodermic needles, syringes with needles attached or needles from infusion sets. Diabetics and others who use sharps must dispose of them in a safe manner. Placing these items directly into the trash or in a BLUE BAG causes a health risk for disposal workers.

There is an easy, safe way to dispose of hypodermic needles and syringes. Place used sharps in a heavy duty, puncture resistant container such as a used plastic detergent or bleach bottle. Before placing in the trash, put one teaspoon of bleach in the container and screw the lid tightly closed. The final step is to secure the lid to the container using a heavy-duty tape such as duct tape.

Too often, needles are disposed of improperly and end up loose at the recycling plant where materials are hand-sorted. This poses a health risk to workers. Residents of St. Peters are reminded that sharps or containers of sharps MUST NOT be placed into a BLUE BAG for recycling and loose sharps must not be placed in the trash.

For more information about sharps disposal, call 636.970.1456.