Sharps disposal

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-08-05 19:55:01 -0500
Started 2010-09-06 11:23:08 -0500

Hi, I'm new at this—this ? probably gets asked/answered all the time, but here goes… Where, preferably in SE PDX, can I (safely) dispose of sharps?
Thanks, marlwood

27 replies

Zolar1 2010-10-04 00:15:05 -0500 Report

If I knew where SE PDX was, perhaps I could research it for you.

However, I just recap mine and toss them in the regular trash. Hard to get stuck with a double capped pen needle no matter how careless you are…

Also, if the druggies need syringes, they can buy them OTC where I live.

omahapack 2010-10-03 01:35:56 -0500 Report

I use a one clear liter soda bottle . When three-fourths full I use a glue gun to seal the bottle. My only sharps are the lancets that I use to check my blood sugars. I use only the kind that have a pop top and are re-cappable. My sharps are double protected. I then trash them. Since the bottles are clear anyone can see what is in them. Walmart sells sharp disposal containers for less than five dollars. Check out the diabetic nifties that they stock on their shelves.

Narg 2010-10-02 19:04:59 -0500 Report

I use mainly pens for my Insulin delivery. I started using these a few years ago, and the BD needles from then were great. The caps were very easy to hold on to, and the large "inner cap" could be used to block the back end of the needle when trashing them after use. Now, the BD needles have a MUCH smaller cap, and a inner cap that is impossible to keep track of due to it's very very small size. I've written them multiple times on why they made this very poor choice in changing the format of the needles, but have not recieved any word back from them. Does anyone know of a better pen needle that has easier to use caps?

leola1955 2010-10-02 17:51:16 -0500 Report

i live in Bakersfield,Calif and here we have a disposal site that provides the sharp containers for free and when full just return the container and they will give you another one…i found out thru Kaiser Permenante, or you can call the eviromental protection office…they should be able to tell you

robertjvan 2010-10-02 10:16:54 -0500 Report

here in upstate New York, I put mine in a empty coffee can mark the outside 'Contains Sharps' and when it's full I take it into the place I get my lab work done and they dispose of it with their sharps.

n8uredude 2010-10-02 09:06:56 -0500 Report

Here in the middle of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex was told to put them in a plastic container and put in the middle of the trash bag. I use the large laundry detergent containers and glue it shut then write sharps on the outside.

Ginny in CO
Ginny in CO 2010-11-03 13:25:54 -0500 Report

This is what home care nurses have taught for years. Use the really heavy plastic laundry detergent or softener bottles, it's impossible for those fine needles to penetrate. The lancets can be a little more likely to dent it but not penetrate. If you have a plastic bottle you think would work, try the sharps you use on it. If it is really hard or impossible to penetrate, it should be fine. The newer plastic coffee containers work - as do the old cans.

Key to ALL containers: don't try to pack it (shake it down) and don't over fill.

Diabetics should not do anything that would add to the skin punctures they already have daily. Don't recap needles or lancets. We don't do that in health care settings. If the container is not enough to stop the sharp from penetrating, find something that does.

Elrond 2010-09-27 06:59:49 -0500 Report

Since switching to an insulin pump, I no longer generate many sharps. But when I used syringes, I also subscribed to a service from I would purchase a large container from them (admittedly not cheap) and when it was full, place it in the postage-paid box that came with it. The company would properly dispose of my used syringes and lancets. At first, I purchased 2 and then ordered 1 when I sent 1. Because I used 4 or 5 syringes a day, I decided to use the extra-large size.

NanaMomNH 2010-09-26 10:36:37 -0500 Report

I was told at Diabetes Ed class to put sharps in an empty tide bottle or anything like that and when full put tape over cover and write on it do not recycle, sharps.

gregsteele 2010-09-09 11:25:20 -0500 Report

Here in nw AR we have a recycling center where you can drop them off they also supply free sharps containers also nearly every local pharmacy has them for free love to all GREG

realsis77 2010-09-08 13:00:41 -0500 Report

Hello I'm a new diabetic also using insulin and I called my local health department and they in turn referred me to a program that gives FREE sharps containers and disposal! I suggest you give that a try. It worked well for me!

sc1boy 2010-09-06 22:05:05 -0500 Report

What I do is use and empty Milk jug or water jug and when itr is full I tape the top and put on top of my trash

GabbyPA 2010-09-06 14:43:16 -0500 Report

In Florida we have recycle centers where we can dispose of them and even pick up a new sharps container. I just got my new one. It is going to take me 2 years to fill it, it is so big!! LOL

jayabee52 2010-09-26 20:34:19 -0500 Report

That is wonderful, cause I asked for one from my ins Co & I and it was so small my bride & I filled it within a week! And here in CA you have to pay to buy the sharps container ( unless you get it free from someone like Enbrel) and you have to pay when you drop them off to the med waste disposal place.

This used to be the land of the free. Now CA's the land of the FEE! Everything seems to be such a big hassle anymore.

mrs_pink_67 2010-10-03 14:58:37 -0500 Report

Isn't that ridiculous?? I have lived here all my 43 years, been a diabetic 40+ of those and Cali wants us to clean up and charges us in any way shape or form they can. Think they might get more clean up done if they didn't an arm and a leg or better charge to recycle sharps. But of course all you need for your diabetes care is just pennies to them. Not if you have been doing it on a monthly bases as long as I have. One tip I have been told by my educator and 2 docs is your the only one using your lancets and syringes so you can get more then 1 use out of them. You will know when you need a needle and the lancets do and in my case last a long time. The toughest part for me is putting thas itty, bitty cap back on the syringe. I also keep every thing in my monitor case and when I change my lancet I take the cap of the new and poke old into that cap.

leola1955 2010-10-02 17:54:25 -0500 Report

check with your dr office and local disposal site…in bakersfield they have a place for oil,hazardeous materials and sharps…they give you a free sharp container every time you drop off…

MAYS 2010-09-06 14:16:55 -0500 Report

SE PDX = Portland, Oregon.
You should check with your local Fire House \ First Aid Station or nearby hospital for disposal of sharps, find either a jar or bottle that can be sealed to place them in.

You can also check to see if they offer sharp disposal containers free of charge for you to use, if not, you can purchase or make your own, just label the container "Used Sharps, Please Dispose of Properly."


angelalock 2010-09-06 12:22:11 -0500 Report

would you believe that between the 5 pharmacies and my local hospital not a single one offers sharps disposal services? all i can do is break them, put them in a big jug and tape it up tightly. i was astounded when i started using insulin and found no where to dispose the syringes. never thought to just dispose of the needle, though, harlen. smart idea.

runthe 2010-09-06 12:19:10 -0500 Report

Hi, I don't know what is SE PDX is, but I was told by my diabetic educator to do this. Take a empty tide or any detergent bottle and use it for your sharps. When the container gets full seal the top using duct or masking tape, and then wirte on the bottle with pernament marker sharps or diabetic waste. and put it in the garbage to be dispose of . I hope this help

Harlen 2010-09-06 12:17:11 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
You can get a sharps box from any drug store some times you can geet them for free ,I dont know any one thats giving them away right now.
I brake the point off and just put the needle in and not the hole thing
This way it last a long long time lol
Best wishes

jayabee52 2010-09-26 20:39:58 -0500 Report

Just nip the needle with a wire cutter, eh?
I wonder how the authorities would take to that here in CA, nipping the needle and putting syringe body in the recycle bin? Guess only one way to find out, ask!

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