Do Not Recap
To avoid injuring yourself from needle pricks, do not put needle caps back on needles.
Never Throw Away
Do not throw needles or sharps in the trash. They put sanitation workers, friends and family at risk of needle pricks, which can cause infection and injury.
Use Only Sharps Containers for Disposal
To dispose of needles and sharps, place them in sharps containers and bring them to a designated sharps disposal facility.
What Is Considered a Sharp?
All of the following must be disposed of as sharps waste: hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets and other devices that are used to break the skin of people and animals.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Mail-Back Programs for Injectable Pharmaceuticals
Stericycle® Mail Service for Home Sharps
Stericycle runs a sharps container mail-back service for small quantity generators of waste. They include bar-coded waste shipping containers, prepaid and pre-addressed shipping labels and prepaid disposal and tracking. Visit Stericycle’s Mail Back Solutions page here.
Republic Services Mail-Back Service
Republic Services offers a mail-back service for managing home-generated medical waste. Visit republicsharps.com.
MedPro Mail-Back Disposal
MedPro offers various sizes of mail-back sharps disposal systems, starting with 1.2 gallon containers. All containers are mailed to recipients via USPS with a prepaid return slip and proof of destruction manifest. Visit MedPro’s sharps disposal page here.
GRP Mail-Back Sharps Container
GRP and Associates offer a mail-back sharps disposal service. They will mail you a sharps container, which you package and mail-back to them. Visit their page on sharps mail back here.