Pennsylvania Household Sharps Disposal

You can help prevent injury, illness and pollution by following some simple steps when disposing of sharps in your household trash.

1. Place all sharps in a puncture-resistant, hard plastic or metal container. An empty detergent bottle with a screw-on cap or an empty coffee can will do.


Prior to disposal, disinfect your sharps with a solution of 1 teaspoon of bleach in 1/2 gallon of water.

2. Close the container with its original lid and secure with heavy duty tape.

3. Place the tightly sealed container in a paper bag and discard it with your household trash.    DO NOT PLACE IT WITH YOUR RECYCLABLES.


  • Place sharps in an opaque, puncture-resistant container.
  • Seal lids on containers of sharps with heavy-duty tape.
  • Seal trash bags with tape or wire/plastic ties.
  • Label plastic jug or metal can "DO NOT RECYCLE.”
  • Keep waste containers out of reach of children and animals.


  • Place loose sharps in the trash or toilet.
  • Label the containers as medical waste.
  • Clip needles with a pair of scissors.
  • Place sealed containers in with recyclables.


for more information, please visit
DEP’s Web site at
, keyword: Infectious
and Chemotherapeutic Waste.



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