What is the proper way to dispose of a medical sharps container?


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Regulations for disposal of sharps containers vary by state, though most municipalities allow sealed puncture-proof sharps containers to be placed in regular household trash, according to Becton and Dickinson. The company website has a useful guide that discusses guidelines for disposal of sharps containers in all 50 states.

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There are several other options for safely disposing of sharps containers, such as drop boxes and supervised collection sites, reports the Environmental Protection Agency. Doctors' offices, hospitals, pharmacies often have locations where sharps containers can be dropped off. Furthermore, many sharps manufacturers such as Becton and Dickinson offer mail-back programs that ensure safe destruction of customers' used sharps containers.

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