DISPOSAL TIPS FOR HOME HEALTH CARE WASTES (INCLUDING SYRINGES)
Home health care wastes primarily consist of "used sharps", such as needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp objects, as well as soiled bandages, disposable sheets and gloves. Prevent injury, illness and pollution by following some simple steps when disposing of these wastes in the household trash.
Place all used sharps in an opaque puncture-resistant, hard plastic or metal container. An empty detergent bottle with a screw-on cap or empty coffee can will do.
Recommended treatment: prior to disposal, disinfect used sharps with a solution of 1 teaspoon of bleach in 1/2 gallon of water.
Close the container with its original lid and secure with heavy duty tape.
Place the tightly sealed container in a paper bag and discard it with the household trash.
Place non-sharp home health care wastes in a doubled, securely fastened, opaque plastic trash bag before putting them in the garbage can with other wastes.