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From Virginia, USA:

Can you please comment on the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly method of syringe/lancet disposal? The cost of mail back systems quickly adds up and coffee cans/thick containers are not a foolproof method (the top can get punctured, syringes/lancets spill out). The Disintegrator works great, but costs over $100 and I'm not sure how long the unit will last. The BD syringe clipper is cheap, but are the syringes/lancets safe to be thrown in the trash afterward?


The Centers for Disease Control offers Safe Community Needle Disposal guidelines for many states, including Virginia, your state. In particular, they note:

Sharps that are used in single- or multiple-family residences must be placed in an opaque container that is highly puncture-resistant and labeled with the words "Do Not Recycle, Medical Waste" before they are mixed with other wastes or disposed.


Original posting 13 May 2004
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