Disposing of Needles

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Disposing of Needles

Postby Karazhan » Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:26 pm

I currently have a year's worth of used needles stored in a plastic Folger's coffee canister (a perfect container, btw). I remember the MS Lifelines nurse telling me that they cannot go into the garbage so what should I do with them?
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Postby patientx » Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:37 pm

I had found a local hospital that would take used needles as part of their diabetes program. They gave me a container, and when I brought it back filled, they gave me an empty one. Unfortunately, I think programs like this are hard to find.

If you can't find something like this, you could try talking to the county department that handles waste (particularly hazardous waste) material.

Incidentally, and laws vary by state and county, but my MS nurse told me to put the used needles in a hard plastic container (like your Folger's canister), duct tape the top shut, and throw it in the regular trash. Even if this was legal, I didn't feel right about it, and so I found the hospital that would take the used needles.
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Postby dlb » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:30 pm

In Canada, we are provided with "sharps" containers at the pharmacy where we get our prescription/needles. Then when the containers are filled we take them back to the pharmacy and they dispose of them. These sharps containers are hard plastic, yellow - just like you see in airports or the hospitals. They have lids that snap on & aren't easily opened once you fill the container & close it. They are labeled for sharps (needles) and there is no cost involved. That is how it is done here - have you checked with your pharmacist?
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Re: Disposing of Needles

Postby NHE » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:41 pm

Hi Kara,
You might want to also try calling around to some of your local pharmacies as they may take the old needles.

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Postby Karazhan » Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:46 am

Thanks for the advice, all. I will call the local pharmacies first as that would be the most convenient for me. If that doesn't work, duct tape it is.
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Postby patientx » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:42 am

Karazhan wrote:If that doesn't work, duct tape it is.


I was a little hesitant mentioning that. Please, at least check the county laws first, to make sure you're not dumping the needles illegally.
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Postby Out2l8 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:41 pm

I am taking Copaxone and just wanted to point out a disposal method that I've been using for quite a while.

There is a small cheap device that is common for people taking insulin, that simply clips the needle off of the pre-filled syringe and stores it in a tiny box within the clipper. Once the needle is clipped off, the rest of the injection components become completely harmless and can be disposed of like normal trash. It can hold up to 1,500 needles and when it's full, simply dispose of the whole clipper.

Safe-Clip is made by Becton-Dickinson:

http://www.bd.com/us/diabetes/page.aspx ... 02&id=7416

And can be purchased for as little as 4.25 + postage. But run a Google search and you'll find many vendors for the Safe-Clip:

http://www.vitalitymedical.com/Vitality ... C13064x004

Just something that I've found very useful
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Postby Karazhan » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:26 am

Thanks, Out. I'll check into that. I called one of the pharmacies Friday and talked to an assistant/tech. She wasn't sure about the store policy but she'd never seen anyone else bring in used needles. I also called my gp's office and was told that they use a paid service to take away bio-hazard waste but she also couldn't give me a definite answer at to the office policy.
Couldn't I just scatter them on the nearest playground...for kicks? :twisted:
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Disposing Used Needles

Postby Froggie » Thu May 13, 2010 5:00 am

Kara,
Speaking of counties, the county health department may be able to dispose of the needles for you. (At least in the U.S.) If not, they'll likely be able to tell you how to properly dispose of them. I use an old liquid laundry detergent bottle with a twist off cap that seems to work pretty well. As far as I know, it's legal here to do it that way. Since I'm no longer on Copaxone, my needle volume has decreased exponentially... :P
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Postby Markd » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:47 am

I have about 6 years in a plastic container. I break off the needle then throw them all together. Throw the plunger in the garbage. Its every injection I have ever used give or take 3 months, almost 4 gallons worth. Maybe I can use them for an art project someday or will them to my kids as some sort of practicle joke. I am open to all suggestions.
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Re: used needles

Postby NHE » Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:11 pm

Markd wrote:I have about 6 years in a plastic container. I break off the needle then throw them all together. Throw the plunger in the garbage. Its every injection I have ever used give or take 3 months, almost 4 gallons worth. Maybe I can use them for an art project someday or will them to my kids as some sort of practicle joke. I am open to all suggestions.


Hi Markd,
I posted this information a while back concerning needle disposal.
http://www.thisisms.com/ftopicp-118878.html#118878

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Re: Disposing of Needles

Postby Maledicte » Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:00 pm

Karazhan wrote:I currently have a year's worth of used needles stored in a plastic Folger's coffee canister (a perfect container, btw). I remember the MS Lifelines nurse telling me that they cannot go into the garbage so what should I do with them?
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Go to a medical supply and ask for needle clipper (about $4) or order online.


It holds about a year of needles and you just throw away the rest of the syringe in normal garbage.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Maledictesjewels
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Re: Disposing of Needles

Postby Bear2 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:52 am

Walgreens has the needle clipper, works great and prevents me from sticking myself accidently.
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Re: Disposing of Needles

Postby jcoleman316 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:10 pm

Yup...needle nippers from walmart...5 bucks...check the isle in the pharmacy where the diabetic testing supplies are located.
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