Recycled Supplies

By Michael_1960 Latest Reply 2011-10-04 08:49:19 -0500
Started 2011-10-01 18:35:26 -0500

Does anybody know where I can take my used supplies to be recycled, I have already ask different pharmacies.

16 replies

Jan8 2011-10-04 08:49:19 -0500 Report

You can also check with you citie's service department. I did and was told i can dispose of them in my regular trash as long as it is in a thick plastic container. I put duct tape over it and i label it.

Gracie40 2011-10-03 08:38:13 -0500 Report

In Pinellas County, FL, you can take your used syringes and lancets in a proper container to any Emergency Room. They will give you a sharps container in return free of charge. If you don't have a sharps container, you may use a plastic bleach bottle, a plastic detergent bottle or any other heavy plastic container. You can check with your county health department. Here is a link to disposal suggestions from the EPA.

Raeguerney 2011-10-02 23:25:52 -0500 Report

I'm fortunate that my husband has contacts at one of the two local hospitals in my area. He takes the needles, strips, and empty insulin bottles to the hospital's waste department and they send it on to the medical hazard unit. Some doctors' offices and some pharmacies will, also, handle medical waste for diabetics.


Harlen 2011-10-02 14:14:28 -0500 Report

What typ ????

Michael_1960 2011-10-02 14:47:35 -0500 Report

The insulin penns, the needles that fit them, blood sugar test strip bottles, medicine bottles, lance barrels that's for the accu-chek aviva tester. I just can't see throwing things like that in our landfills. They should be dissposed of properly.

jayabee52 2011-10-02 15:32:33 -0500 Report

With the insulin pen needles there are safety and health issues. They need to be in puncture proof sharps containers or heavy plastic bottles, like laundry detergent bottles.

And what you do with those items depend on what is set up to recycle them in your area. Where I had lived in CA (SF Bay area) the county had a place where you could dispose of meds which were no longer needed. The pill bottles can be thrown in with the general recycling materials. The empty insulin vials could be placed in the general recycling bin (as long as they had no insulin in them). I don't know the makeup of the pens themselves so I can't guess I really can't advise what to do with them.

Syringes were MY big bugaboo. What to do with them? They're "sharps" so they have to be handled with great care so you didn't get poked abd possibly contract an infection. What I mostly did was take them into the Dr offices when there for an appointment. I'd dump my syringes in the sharps container in the exam room. Or I would use the big sharps container the phlebotomist used in the lab when they drew our blood tests. I understand they incinerated those sharps containers to destroy any pathogens potentially resident in the blood drawn.

I am now living in Nevada. What a difference! Just very rudimantary efforts at collecting and recycling materials. There's not a big a push to recycle here.

Perhaps you can Google recycling in the state you are now in. Sometimes you need to google recycling in your local county or city to see if there is anything set up. In CA it is either the county or city through which recycling is done.

Michael_1960 2011-10-02 15:38:41 -0500 Report

I have the insulin penn type, and the needles are in a little plastic thing that screws onto the penn itself, so when you unscrew it off it stays inside the plastic tip for safety reasons, so I will call around and ask I have some co-workers whos wives work at the hospital.

jayabee52 2011-10-02 15:46:37 -0500 Report

I think I know what the needles are, but of what are the pens themselves constructed? Glass? Plastic? Metal? In some places what its composition is determines into which recycling bin it goes. Answer that one for yourself and you may be closer to a solution. Here in NV there are places like scrap yards which will buy large quantities of something like aluminum or steel. Look in the Yellow pages or look in the YP online for recycling yards, then call them and they can give details.

Michael_1960 2011-10-02 17:09:15 -0500 Report

they are of plastic, but I wouldn't think that a regular recycling place would accept them, I imagine it would have to be a medical facility for disspossing medical supplies, I can see now that people on here are not familiar with recycling medical supplies, I think I would have a better chance in calling the hospital and find out from them in what they do with their used medical supplies so thanks anyway.

Harlen 2011-10-02 21:24:46 -0500 Report

Some thing yes others not somuch.If you knew all the crap the state puy in the dump it would realy get you going lol

Harlen 2011-10-02 21:50:48 -0500 Report

they burn it, it is the only safe way too keep the pathagens from getting in to the water

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