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The following is SPSA’s guidance regarding the proper household disposal of sharps. It is based upon the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance:

• Improper management of discarded needles and other sharps can pose a health risk to the public and solid waste workers. For example, improperly discarded needles may expose our employees to potential needle stick injuries and potential infection when containers break open inside garbage trucks or needles are mistakenly sent to recycling facilities. Used needles can transmit serious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis.

• Residents should place needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharp objects in a hard-plastic or metal container with a screw-on or tightly secured lid. You may purchase containers specifically designed for the disposal of home sharps (which can be purchased at local drug stores) or utilize other containers which meet the specifications of a safe sharps disposal container which may be found in your home.

• Before discarding a container, be sure to reinforce the lid with heavy-duty tape. Do not put sharp objects in any container you plan to recycle or return to a store, and do not use glass or clear plastic containers. Label containers clearly with the words "Do Not Recycle". Finally, make sure that you keep all containers with sharp objects out of the reach of children and pets.
To find out more about safe sharp disposal, please read the following guides from the EPA:

EPA Home Sharps Options
EPA Home Sharps - Handle with Care
EPA Home Sharps Tips

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