Disposal of Lancets

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2011-10-25 22:09:23 -0500
Started 2011-10-13 10:48:34 -0500

I was not told of the proper way to dispose of lancets & am now trying to find the proper dispal boxes, help…

Thank you

76 replies

sweetbelle 2011-10-25 22:09:23 -0500 Report

The correct way to dispose of lancets or syringes is in a sharps container. You can get these at any drug store. If money is an issue you can use soda bottles or laudry detergent bottles. They are made of thick enough plastic that the points will not go through. Then dispose of it in the recycle bin

classof78 2011-10-23 14:44:09 -0500 Report

today is Oct. 23. In today's ad from Walgreens there is a sharps disposal container on sale for 4.99, then a rebate from the mfr. for 4.99, so it;s free in the end. The rebate form is at the store. I have not yet gone there to check the end date for the rebate or other requirements. Hopefully this will help someone.

long island girl
long island girl 2011-10-18 13:18:21 -0500 Report

kaiya i use the gallon milk containers or when i am away i take empty water bottles according to my garbage men i am supposed to put it in with the plastic recycable bin

Sweet Tammy
Sweet Tammy 2011-10-17 22:10:05 -0500 Report

Go to your nearest health department and ask them for a free, yes they are free, bio-hazard container: they are usually RED.

kaiya2465 2011-10-17 22:12:13 -0500 Report

That's about an hr away, one way. Thank you for the info.

Sweet Tammy
Sweet Tammy 2011-10-17 22:27:17 -0500 Report

My husband and I use plastic containers which we glue the tops to and put a slit in the top. Then, we write in BIG, BOLD letters "BIO-HAZARD", then, when we are near the health dept., we can drop all of them off to them and they will dispose of them for us.

Alaskagal907 2011-10-17 11:36:48 -0500 Report

My doctor told me when I was Diagnosed the other day to place the lancets in an old milk jug and keep it up. Or I can get a red container and place them in there. But if I didn't want to spend that extra $ I could just use the old cleaned out milk Jug :)

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-15 21:40:46 -0500 Report

In New Jersey used lancets and syringes are defined as Medical Waste. We can use an old laundry detergent container for both used lancets and used syringes. NJ law requires the container to be marked "sharpes", "do not recycle" and sealed with tape when full. In my area we can take it either to the local hospital or a Diabetes Management Center. You need to check with your doctor or local Health Department to see what is acceptable in your area.

Svenka 2011-10-15 19:07:25 -0500 Report

I live in Greenfield, MA. We go to the Franklin County Waste Management and they give us the containers and we return full containers to them. Check with your Town or County Waste Management.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-15 14:16:27 -0500 Report

Kayla: Most pharmacies sell small sharps containers for a couple of bucks. When your full just take it back and they will dispose of it for you and you can buy a new one while your there. Hope I was of some help, in most states itis illegal to dispose of them in anyother fashion. Peggy AKA Valentine Lady

kaiya2465 2011-10-15 15:41:52 -0500 Report

I have one ordered, thank heavens I won't be buying them much. So far I have not found anyone to take them here either.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-16 11:50:13 -0500 Report

kaiya: Have you checked the pharmacies? If all else fails call the hospital or your Doctor to see if they will dispose of it for you when the time comes. What state do you live in? Here in Texas it isn't a problem. It shouldn't be a problem where you live. I know when I used to order them instructions came to keep the box to send it back free of charge. Maybe yours will too. Hugs…Valentine Lady

Heather44118 2011-10-15 13:22:31 -0500 Report

Check your states regulations. Ohio you just throw them away. I recap my lancets. They do say that you can use a bottle and put them in there and then just throw the bottle away or a can with the lid taped on. I have a sharps container where I work so I just take it there. Also my doctor told me that I can bring them there.

redcamel 2011-10-15 12:21:55 -0500 Report

In Ca (ug) Pharmacies do not take the containers neither does the fire dept and the same with most hospitals. The state disposal sites are only open on weekdays in the afternoon. No good for those of us that work.My issue here is there should be some uniformity on where the containers can be disposed of. The doctors office does not take them either. If they want proper disposal of containers then make it easy to find a place to dispose of them.

jayabee52 2011-10-16 19:12:48 -0500 Report

I found the same attitude when I was living in CA too. They seemed to have everything regulated and often times no way to comply with those regs. Glad I am out of there and back to NV

margokittycat 2011-10-14 20:26:36 -0500 Report

Wal Mart sales the containers for syringes and lancets and any sharps that need to be disposed of and then you can usally take them to your doctors office and they will dispose of them.

Marytea 2011-10-14 20:07:20 -0500 Report

Contact the waste management company that services your area. They have places where you can bring you used lancets and strips. They will tell you how to package them (I use the red sharpe containers).

kaiya2465 2011-10-14 20:30:26 -0500 Report

I am going to Wal Mart in the morning thanks to margokitttycat's post to at least get started the right way. I will contact the wmc here also. Thanks

stormz 2011-10-14 20:33:24 -0500 Report

Cool I was wondering if there was a way to get a free sharps container out there..thanks jayabee52!

stormz 2011-10-14 21:45:51 -0500 Report

That's great! At least you won't be making many trips to the er or the firehouse to dispose of them. God Bless!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-14 12:08:15 -0500 Report

I have a plastic bottle, like an empty 2 liter and I throw the plunger in the trash and put the capped needle into the bottle. When it is full, I cap it and put it into the regular trash. The main thing is to protect everybody from getting stuck. Now, if you really wanted to reduce the space it takes up, you can use an empty water bottle and keep a pair of wire cutters by it. Hold the uncapped needle over the bottle and snip. The sharp falls into the bottle and the rest can go in the regular trash.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-15 11:52:18 -0500 Report

There is absolutely no way I am going to pay money for a sharps container or pay to dispose of the sharps that I use. Heck, baby diapers that are put into the regular trash are more bio-hazardeous than my sharps!

classof78 2011-10-16 16:12:13 -0500 Report

My dietician said to save the containers my test strips come in and use themfor lancets. (mine are similar to 35mm film containers-the price is right!) In IA they can go in the garbage

nzingha 2011-10-15 19:43:14 -0500 Report

i like ur common sense approach jim.. such a simpler practical way to do stuff.. no need for all this hallabaloo..lol!

lacat87 2011-10-15 13:22:48 -0500 Report

Jim…I used to buy @ Walmart their sharps disposals. But they didn't hold that much since my cat is diabetic and requires 2 injections a day.And the price was not worth it. So I started using a gallon of milk plastic container and it holds a lot of syringes, lancets. It takes a couple of months or so to fill it up. It has the screw top so I can secure it tightly and know it won't come open in trash. I guess I really should check with my community/state/county what their laws are. Thanks Jim.

Jeanae 2011-10-14 10:06:19 -0500 Report

My vet clinic disposes of mine for me. Of course I think I keep them in business with my 8 dogs so it is th least they can do. Or my dr. said when my conatiner is full to bring it to her and she will empty it into their sharps container and I can reuse mine. I got it at Staples for under $5.00.

princessbeiter 2011-10-13 20:00:45 -0500 Report

You can buy the disposal jugs at your local pharmacy, Walmart sells them for under $5.

I use the Accu-chek Multiclix, so the lancets are never exposed. I just toss them into the trash.

berwin 2011-10-15 11:23:38 -0500 Report

Its much cheaper to use a old soft drink bottle with a cap. When full, just dispose as usual.

jayabee52 2011-10-13 19:48:04 -0500 Report

There has been a few discussions about sharps and the proper disposal of them.
Here is a link from one of the discussions where you can send for a free sharps containe online. http://www.myhumira.com/Disposal/Default.aspx It is for a medication intended for Rhmuetoid Arthritus, but their only stipulation is that you receive an email newsletter telling about humira. You can unsubscribe at any time after you get the container.

If you are only putting lancets in the container, it should last quite a while.

stormz 2011-10-13 19:51:27 -0500 Report

Once you have it filled you can take it to your local fire department or the nearest ER, they will dispose of them for you. I have a sharps container and that is where I take mine. God Bless.

jayabee52 2011-10-13 20:01:09 -0500 Report

I have lived in several jurisdictions in my life, and it seems each state or each county or city (in the case of CA) has their own ways of dealing with sharps or other hazardous medical waste generated in the home.

I now live in Las Vegas NV, and their sharps disposal rules are very lax. In San Fran. Bay area the regs varied from county to county. In Alemeda Co we had to put them in a sharps container and then take them to the hazardous waste facility. If not in an approved sharps container, they rejected it. We took all our non-narcotic meds there too for disposal.

So look online for instructions for disposal of sharps containers in your locality.

kaiya2465 2011-10-13 19:54:12 -0500 Report

Will I need to keep buying the containers?

stormz 2011-10-13 20:15:59 -0500 Report

You can use an empty laundry container why buy something. You can ask at either place if they offer sharps containers. I get mine because I have to give myself injections for something else so I use it for both. But it never hurts to ask. God Bless.

Harlen 2011-10-13 18:34:42 -0500 Report

put the cap back on and in the trash it go's lol
Best wishes

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-14 13:30:07 -0500 Report

You are so irresponsible! Suppose someone was going through your trash looking for personal information and got stabbed? How would you feel then? Smart! lol

granniesophie 2011-10-15 19:29:56 -0500 Report

If someone was stupid enough to go through my trash looking for personal information and got stabbed by a sharp, I'sd say he got what he deserved and he'd never do it again! Karma sucks :-P

kaiya2465 2011-10-15 19:33:08 -0500 Report

LOL. I agree with you there, but I have some weird neighbors. Mouth shut because I will not say something mean.

kaiya2465 2011-10-13 18:49:29 -0500 Report

Not here, big fine I guess. They say that the sharp disposable boxes have to be used as for once the lid is put on, it can't be taken off. The kicker is that THEN you are allowed to throw it in the reg. trash…

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-14 13:33:31 -0500 Report

Those rules and regs are generally written for those people/places that are drawing blood and to prevent accidental stabbings. I go for what the law refers to as the prudent and reasonable man approach. Pull the plunger, cap the needle, put it into a bottle with a cap and toss in the trash when it is full. As always, you need to keep these out of the reach of children.

jayabee52 2011-10-15 10:52:17 -0500 Report

Generally written Jim. Generally written.

There are jurisdictions which do regulate what is supposed to be done with sharps which is designated as home generated hazardous waste. If needles are detected in your household trash BIG fine! Where I was in CA I had to have them in a sharps container designed specifically for that purpose and THEN drive them to the hazardous waste site and give them to the workers there. They would not accept any plastic jugs full of the sharps. It needed to be in a container designed and approved for that use. Your approach might fly in WVa, (or NV for that matter) but most certainly not in CA, And I expect that CA is not an isolated case.

KD Roberts posted a link above which gives state by state regulations for sharps disposal. It is interesting to see what the regulations actually say in one's locality.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-15 11:49:11 -0500 Report

It is funny how these thing vary. If I lived in CA, I would do it the same way I do now, unless they made it so easy for me that it wasn't a pain. Laws are made for people without brains. If you are providing protection for everyone that may handle them, then you are doing it right. For instance, does, CA have laws on how to dispose of nails, screws, the tops of cans, and other items that are sharp and may be rusty? Probably so, but then CA probably adds close to $1000 per household in America because of their rules and regulations. No wonder they can't balance their budget. Because of them, carburators on small engines can no longer be adjusted, they need to be replaced. Sorry, I have no respect for the laws of that state.

jayabee52 2011-10-16 19:29:17 -0500 Report

Partially for just that reason I moved away from CA, —- their over regulation. (shhhh! Keep this a secret! Even though I remind folks of the law I found ways around it. Sometimes when I went to Dr visits for Jem or myself I would fill a baggie with recapped syringes. and then between the time the medical aide left the exam room and the time the Dr came in, I would sneak the syringes into the sharps container in the exam room. Then there's the time I loaded a laundry detergent bottle with sharps and put it in a waste barrel in a parking lot somewhere away from where I lived, so the Waste Management people couldn't tell where it came from. Shhhh! don't tell)

Harlen 2011-10-13 18:51:20 -0500 Report

Try to take the cap back off

jayabee52 2011-10-13 19:36:06 -0500 Report

My lancets come with a disc-like safety cap. when I take the safety cap off my new lancet, I use that to push on the sharp part of the old lancet SIDEWAYS.
I haven't had one come back off (without trying to take it back off) yet.

berwin 2011-10-15 11:22:13 -0500 Report

I do the same, it works out great and is safe until your ready to dispose of them
the way intended.

Harlen 2011-10-13 19:37:37 -0500 Report

Sorry it will not work for you
I would just get a sharps box or a detergent jug
Best wishes

byrun 2011-10-13 10:53:06 -0500 Report

Check with your doctor. They have sharps disposal capability. I use an empty plastic laundry detergent bottle for storage. Haven't filled it yet but will ask dr. about disposal when it is nearly full.

jayabee52 2011-10-16 19:35:52 -0500 Report

better speak with Dr before it is full. That way you know whether you can do that before you HAVE to dispose them.

The clinic that my bride and I used would not accept sharps, not even in their phlebotomy dept where they had those HUGE sharps containers.