The Villages Voice - August 2010

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Safe Disposal of Needles

by Staff

Safe Disposal of Needles

Every day thousands of people have to use needles at home to give themselves life-saving shots.  But needles should be handled very carefully to avoid your own injury or risk to others, including garbage collectors, children and pets.  Florida Department of Health says that there are lots of don’ts:

                Don’t throw away loose needles into the garbage.

                Don’t flush, bury or burn needles.

Don’t put needles into a container that is not strong enough to keep the needles from sticking through the sides.

                Don’t use clear plastic or glass container.

                Don’t mix needles with things that you recycle.

                Don’t leave needles where other people can get them.

The Florida Department of Health recommends a safe method of needle disposal is to:

  1. Put needles into a container that has a lid and that is strong enough to keep the needles from sticking through the sides, such as liquid detergent bottles or metal cans.
  2. Throw the container away before it is full all the way to the top.
  3. Put the container lid on tight and use heavy tape to keep it on.
  4. Put the container in the center of your garbage.

For questions or comments contact Florida Department of Health 850-245-4277 or visit their website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/community/biomedical.