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600 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN  55318
(952) 361-1800
environment@co.carver.mn.us

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Chaska, MN  55318
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Needles, Sharps & Syringes

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Needles, Sharps & Syringes

Sharps pose a safety hazard so it is important to dispose of them safely to prevent injury and disease transmission.

Disposal

Use the following options for safe disposal of sharps: 

Check with your clinic or hospital for collection programs. Do not bring used needles, syringes or lancets to your health care provider if they are unable to accept them.

Destroy your needles at home. Purchase and use destruction devices that bend, break, incinerate (destroy by high heat) or sheer needles. Search the Internet on Needle Destruction Devices or ask your heath care provider or pharmacist for more information.

Mail-back programs allow residents to mail used needles, syringes and lancets to licensed disposal facilities (fees apply). Search the Internet for Sharps Mailback or check with your heath care provider or pharmacist for more information.

It is legal to put loose needles, syringes and lancets in the garbage. However, because of safety and health risks to solid waste workers, the options listed above are preferred. Follow these steps for safe garbage disposal:

• Place sharps into a container such as plastic laundry detergent bottle with the lid taped shut.
• Label the container “Do not recycle: household sharps.”
• Put sharps in point-first.
• Dispose of containers in the garbage when they are half-full. Never place in the recycling bin.

For more information, see the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Pharmaceutical Waste: Disposing of Unwanted Medications and Safe Disposal Options for Needles and Syringes.