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Sharps and Liquids Disposal

CREATE YOUR OWN SHARPS CONTAINER

If you do not have a hospital-issued container to collect lancets, needles, or syringes, you can make one from an empty detergent, or bleach container with these features:

  • Lid that is tight-fitting and can be screwed on tightly.
  • Mark your container with a line at 2/3 full. Do not fill beyond this line.
  • Made of heavy duty plastic that cannot be punctured.
  • Able to stand upright on its own.

 

DO:

  • Keep sharps container out of reach of children
  • Avoid touching or breaking sharps while placing them in your container
  • Bring your container to a designated disposal location once 2/3 full

 

DON’T:

  • Use water bottles, metal cans, or glass jars to contain your sharps
  • Throw sharps or container into trash or recycling

 


DISPOSING OF YOUR SHARPS CONTAINER

  • Visit safeneedledisposal.org to find a disposal location in your area.
  • Contact your city, village, or township office and ask about household hazardous waste collection events.
  • Contact your regular garbage collector and ask about your container pick-up.

 

Do NOT throw needles directly into your trash.

DISPOSING OF YOUR LIQUIDS:

Ranked in order of preferred to least-preferred option(s).

  1. Ask your pharmacy for a free opioid disposal solution when you pick up or order your liquid opioid.
  2. Find a permanent disposal site using our Disposal Map. Call the site ahead of time to ask if they accept liquids in the original container.
  3. Mix with used coffee grounds or cat litter in a sealable plastic bag. Throw away in your household trash.

 

Do NOT flush liquid opioids down the toilet.

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