OPTIONS REGARDING SAFE SYRINGE DISPOSAL:
1) Contact your local health department for syringe disposal facilities in your area (ex. local hospitals)
2) Ask own physician if they will take used syringes once placed in a proper container.
3) Household Waste - Follow these steps to safely dispose of your syringes in your municipal trash.
Your syringes must be placed in rigid containers that will protect people from needle sticks and use containers that are unlikely to break open on the way to the landfill.
Rigid Container - You may use empty laundry detergent bottles or 2-liter soda bottles or other rigid containers with screw-on caps to dispose of needles and syringes. Check the pharmacy. Ask if it sells commercial containers specially designed to hold sharps for disposal in your household trash.
Label/Warning: Place a large label with a warning on the empty container. Ex: SYRINGES - DO NOT RECYCLE
Seal: Seal the bottle tightly with its original lid and wrap duct tape over the lid after you fill the bottle with syringes.
Disposal: You may then dispose of the tightly sealed full container of syringes in your household garbage - NOT in your recycling bin. Your used syringes can transmit germs. Loose syringes thrown in your trash can seriously hurt people. It is important to do your part to help keep our environment clean and safe.