Getting Rid of Needles and Other Sharps – Choosing the Container

sharps disposal containerMore than 7 billion needles and other sharps get thrown away in US every year. For example, patients with diabetes use sharps to monitor the blood glucose levels and to deliver insulin. In general, the vast majority of that trash has been used to help keep people healthy. Although this is surely a good thing for those people, it’s bad for sanitation workers and other people handling garbage. For that reason, if you’re using needles and other medical sharps at home, make sure you get rid of the waste properly. The first thing you have to do is to find the right disposal container.

To find the right answer to the question “What to do with used needles and other sharps?” I’ve asked experts from one of the best Florida Medical Waste Disposal services. They’ve confirmed: the first important decision you need to make is what to use as the sharps disposal container. Yes, loose sharps can be really dangerous and the best thing it to put them in an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container.

The FDA-approved boxes are specially designed to safely store needles and loose sharps and they are made of thick plastic. These containers commonly aren’t free, although some health specialists, medication suppliers, pharmacists and hospitals hand them out. So, check with your local health providers about free sources. Nowadays, there is no answer to the question of who should pay for sharps disposal containers; sharps legislation is something experts are working on right now.

But, for now, it would be wise to check with your health insurance company to see is the cost of sharps containers could be covered (to at least some extent) by your policy. What if it’s not covered and what if you have to buy these containers separately? Most people choose not to purchase them, which is really not recommended. If you cannot find or afford the purpose-made container, it’s alright to make your own version. For example, you could use laundry detergent container as a sharps disposal container. It’s made of very thick plastic and you can label it clearly, seal with heavy tape and let anyone handling it know that it contains needles, sharps and cannot be recycled.