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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 at michigan-open.org/takebackmap. Call and 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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