Disposal Tips for Home Healthcare Waste

  • Do not add containers with sharps or other medical waste to your recycling container.
  • Do not put sharp objects in any container you plan to recycle or return to a store. 
  • Do not use glass or clear soft plastic containers.
  • Reuse an empty detergent or juice bottle or purchase containers specifically designed for disposing of medical waste sharps.
  • Use hard plastic or metal containers with a secured lid.
How to Properly Dispose of Sharps and Household Medical Waste
To protect workers and others from injury or contamination, you should place lancets, needles, sharp objects and syringes in hard plastic or metal container with a secured lid.
Before discarding a container, reinforce the lid with heavy-duty tape and place in a dark plastic trash bag. Soiled bandages, disposable sheets and medical gloves should be securely fastened inside a plastic bags before placing with your household trash. Keep all containers with sharp objects away from children and pets.

See the Prescription Medication Disposal flyer for more information.