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  At home, how do you dispose of your lancets, syringes, and other "sharp" medical waste?  
      Toss them in the trash  
  19%     46  
      Place them in a container (such as a milk carton) and toss the container in the trash  
  36%     87  
      Place them in an approved medical sharps container and toss it in the trash  
  9%     21  
      Place them in an approved medical sharps container and return it to a disposal center  
  31%     74  
      Other  
  5%     11  

Total votes: 239
 

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

Poll dates: February 23 - March 2, 2011
Total Votes: 239

Disposal of medical waste, such as lancets and insulin syringes, is a problem for many communities. Just over three-quarters of people who responded (79%) 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.

This table shows how people have responded to this poll over the past several years. As you can see, the results are essentially unchanged since January 1999.

Answer   Feb 2011   Feb 2010   Feb 2009   Apr 2004   Apr 2003   Apr 2002   Jan 1999
Toss in trash   19%   16%   17%   14%   12%   14%   14%
Place in container, then toss container   36%   34%   36%   42%   40%   38%   40%
Place in medical waste container, then toss container   9%   13%   11%   12%   12%   11%   12%
Place in medical waste container, then return to disposal center   31%   32%   30%   25%   29%   29%   26%
Other   5%   4%   3%   4%   5%   5%   5%

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