Syringe disposal

My daughter was diagnosed in April. Our city provides a free disposal service but will only provide one very small container at a time. We are being over run with sharps. I have looked into other options but everything is expensive. I feel like I read somewhere that you could dispose of syringes at a hazardous waste disposal site in marked cardboard boxes. Does anyone know if this is true or have any other suggestions for syringe disposal?
Thanks, Shawn

Hi, Shawn. I’m afraid rules are different in different places, so you really need to find out from your county (or city, or town, or whatever). Will they give you a bunch at once, maybe? Our city takes full sharps boxes at any ER, and give us empties. We can get any size they have. I like the medium ones – smalls fill too quickly, and nowhere to put the large ones. But if they’re out of mediums, they’ll give me a couple smalls at once, and that works. Otherwise, I’d be running to the hospital every few days!

Sorry, just re-read and saw you already said they won’t give you more than one at a time. Neighboring city/county, then? The rules might be different there.

Also worth trying at different times, just to ask different people. Sometimes it really matters who’s behind the desk when you ask.

Hello Shawn –

Please Google “mail order sharps disposal” and see if any of these will work for you, and be affordable enough as well.

I also know that one of the major syringe manufacturing companies makes a syringe clipper, which you could use for your insulin syringes and pen needles.

You could then put the clipped-off sharps into the [small] container that they provide for return to your municipality.

I hope one of these solutions is helpful to you, but if not please let me know and I will try and come up with some more solutions for you.

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