Contact your local hospitals or doctors to see if they will accept sharps that have been secured in a proper container. Some pharmacies also sell specially designed containers for use by homeowners in securing health care wastes for disposal in household trash receptacles. If your community is served by a regional household hazardous waste (HHW) collection facility, check to see if you can dispose of sharps there. Chester County residents can call (610) 273-3771 for the local HHW collection facility. For additional information regarding medication and sharps disposal, click Medication and Sharps Disposal.
Do's & Don'ts of Home Health Care Waste Disposal
Use the following tips as a guide when disposing of home health care wastes.
Keep waste containers away from children and animals
Label plastic jugs or metal cans with "do not recycle"
Place sharps in an opaque, puncture-resistant container with a lid