Improperly discarded household medical waste can cause injury and environmental damage. Household medical waste includes supplies that may be soiled with blood or other bodily fluids and medication that has expired or will not be used.
Populations at risk
People who give injections to themselves or others;
What you should do
Dispose of sharps (needles, syringes, lancets) safely
Put sharps into a sharps container immediately after use. (Syringes with attached needles should be disposed of with the needle still attached. Do not try to remove, bend, break, or recap the needle.)
If you do not have a sharps container, put items in a puncture-proof plastic container and tape the lid closed. Do not use a glass container.
Store the waste container safely away from children.
Put the sealed container into the center of a full, preferably dark trash bag and throw it out with the regular trash. Never put any type of sharp container in a recycle bin.
Dispose of soiled or bloody items safely
Put items such as gauze, gloves, and bandages in a sealed, leak-proof plastic bag.
Put bags in the regular trash.
Use trash barrels with tight lids to avoid attracting animals.