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.
for more information, please visit
DEP’s Web site at
www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Infectious
and Chemotherapeutic Waste.