Lancelets and Used Test Strips?

By Latest Reply 2008-12-22 04:34:45 -0600
Started 2008-12-07 04:56:09 -0600

Would you take care in desposing these?

31 replies

Punkinspice 2008-12-21 16:52:53 -0600 Report

I thank you all for your input. I am a little over a week into the diabetic world and need to learn so much. Thank you all again! I have kept my needles to be disposed of but had no idea how. But now I plan to put my sharps and lancets in covered containers and get the boxes from the pharmacy to dispose of them.

2008-12-22 04:34:45 -0600 Report

Glad to know that I am not the only one getting good information from this post. thanks again. lilmarm

Labsmom 2008-12-20 23:42:05 -0600 Report

Our city/county has a recycling depo that will give you a free Sharps container for the lancets and syringes. You just sign your name when you bring them back. I just throw the test strips in the trash. I never thought about them becasue there is such a small amount of blood on them.

Erunner 2008-12-21 20:21:46 -0600 Report

Wallgreens here in Orange County, Ca. gave me a Sharps container at no cost. I signed a piece of paper and I mail the container in when full, which should maybe be 10 years.

BJ--TN 2008-12-20 21:56:02 -0600 Report

I keep my used Lancets and Test strips in a used pill bottle and when it is full, I drop it by the Dr's. office for disposal

2008-12-15 21:23:10 -0600 Report

Very useful to me and others'. Thanks for all this advice. Hope some others' learn by post.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2008-12-09 19:30:02 -0600 Report

Hi! I was wondering if you could was a test strip and use it again?


vgarrison 2008-12-09 21:25:51 -0600 Report

No unfortunetly you cannot wash the strip and use it again…there is a microchip in each one and once used it cannot be used again…that is why they are so expensive…

vgarrison 2008-12-09 18:58:47 -0600 Report

I found a website by BD that has every state regulation for the disposal of medical waste…I hope this helps everyone.

GabbyPA 2008-12-09 19:10:19 -0600 Report

Very nice site, and lists each state. Very good info, thanks. And your sharps is just for the sharp objects....hence the word "sharps" So you don't need to waste you space with your used test strips.

Anonymous 2008-12-09 19:39:06 -0600 Report

But I do. It is just a personal thing in my house. I have animals and little ones that I do not want to take the chance with. But my container is free from my doctor and he says putting them in there is just fine.

Lanore 2008-12-09 12:13:32 -0600 Report

I put mine in an old coffee can and when full,I put duck tape over the top so it does not spill out. You can also get the medical waste one from walmart, they are under five dollars. Lanore ;-)

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-12-09 09:54:28 -0600 Report

Just to be clear, it is lancets, needles, and syringes that need to be disposed of in a sharps container. Test strips are not really a danger to anyone. You can throw them in the regular garbage.

GabbyPA 2008-12-09 10:00:01 -0600 Report

that is true...I am collecting mine for an artwork project. I am not sure what I am going to do with them, but I am going to take a years worth of used stips and turn them into something....I'm nuts I know. Who knows this might be my awareness kick for next years WDD? LOL

Carol11 2008-12-09 10:06:11 -0600 Report

These things are considered hazardous waste and should be disposed of accordingly. This includes pen needles And syringes, lancets and test strips (sorry John but they do have your blood on them!) I buy a sharps container from the pharmacy and then return it to them for proper disposal

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-12-09 10:38:11 -0600 Report

I stand corrected. I shouldn't have assumed that all cities are the same as where I live. I guess some cities do have different laws and regulations.

I wonder if those same cities consider a used band-aid as biological waste as well? A tissue from a bloody nose? I mean, where would you draw the line?

Anyway, I guess it's good notice to make sure you know the laws in your local area.

kdroberts 2008-12-09 10:04:46 -0600 Report

Some cities have regulations about test strips because they consider them biological waste.

As for lancets, I toss mine in the trash. I use the multiclix which houses them in protective, self contained drums so you never see the lancet and it's actually quite hard to actually break the drum to actually get to them. When I used the old single serve ones that it's very easy to prick yourself with, I used a laundry detergent bottle. I go through so few that I really don't throw many a way though.

Anonymous 2008-12-09 10:27:16 -0600 Report

Yes KD my city has that regulation too. So I put my strips, lancets, syringes in a Sharps container and then take to doctors office. At the doctors office we have to sign something that says it was ours. And then we get a new one to tske home. I feel it is the safest thing to do. My friend does not care and she just tosses in the regular trash.

Anngelia 2008-12-20 23:26:27 -0600 Report

I'm with John. There not sharp and there isnt enough blood on a test strip do any damage to anyone. I think test stips should just be thrown away. Do you do anything special with a tissue when you cut your finger or have a bloody nose?

GabbyPA 2008-12-08 17:16:49 -0600 Report

I use a Sharps container. You can get one from your doctor or pharmacist. They are usually free. We too have to dispose of them at the dump. They have a special place for them.

2008-12-09 05:02:05 -0600 Report

I guess I will have to find out where the dump is; I am not really sure. All I remember around here is the recycling stations, would it be near there?

GabbyPA 2008-12-09 09:43:38 -0600 Report

It could be. If you don't take it there, take it to your doctors office, they will get rid of it the right way.

Anonymous 2008-12-08 17:14:21 -0600 Report

It is not only the throwing away of them but the disposing of them properly when full. My city has a law about it. I take mine to the doctors office for safe disposal.

caragypsy 2008-12-07 13:20:23 -0600 Report

I've used a coffee can when almost full taped the top closed real good. Now I have a contender the Dr. give me that is for this use. Cara

2008-12-07 13:13:53 -0600 Report

Thanks so much; I really thought they could be dangerous; even though there are only adults in here,I would always push down the garbage with my hands to get maximum use of my bags. I awful leave an empty plastic coffee can and lid out for small stuff. I could use that instead, huh. Claudia

vgarrison 2008-12-07 11:35:20 -0600 Report

of course…you can by a medical waste container at a store for about 3-5 dollars…or use a laundry bottle to store them…

The ends could come off of the lancets and no one wants to mix blood with another person…what about the sanitary workers…they have enough to worry about…