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At home, how do you dispose of your lancets, syrings, and other "sharp" medical waste?

 
     

Toss them in a trash can

 
 

14%

 

117

 
     

Place them in a container (such as a milk carton) and toss the container in the trash

 
 

38%

 

308

 
     

Place them in an approved medical sharps container and toss it in the trash

 
 

11%

 

94

 
     

Place them in an approved medical sharps container and return it to a disposal center

 
 

29%

 

231

 
     

Other

 
 

5%

 

42

 
 

At home, how do you dispose of your lancets, syrings, and other "sharp" medical waste?

Poll dates: April 14 - 21, 2002
Total Votes: 792

Disposal of medical waste, such as lancets and insulin syringes, is a problem for many communities. Almost 80% of people who responded indicated that they placed their sharp medical waste in a container before disposal. Old plastic milk cartons are generally fine, but commercial medical sharp disposal containers are often stronger and more resistant to punctures. Many schools require an approved medical waste container for disposal of lancets and syringes.

If you're simply tossing your sharp medical waste in the trash, you may want to check with your waste disposal company or city waste disposal office to be sure you're complying with local regulations.

We last ran this poll in January 1999 with almost identical results.

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