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How to Properly Dispose of Your Medical Waste

Pile of Medical syringes

When our new recycling facility opened earlier this year, we began taking more material. While the recycling capabilities have increased as technology has grown, there are still some materials that cannot be recycled in our facility. Medical waste and needles have been appearing more often in our recycling stream over the past few months. These items are a serious health hazard to our employees and the public. Do not place these items in your recycling bin.

By improperly disposing of medical items, you are putting all of our employees at risk of needle sticks, lacerations or worse. In order to ensure that our employees are in a safe work environment, please consider disposing your medical waste and needles with your trash instead of placing them with your recyclables.

In order to dispose of your medical waste properly, we recommend placing any used needles in a heavy plastic container (laundry detergent bottles, coffee cans, etc.). This will ensure that the needles will not stick any of our employees during collection. Place these materials in your trash can or bag. This will ensure that the material will be taken to one of our disposal sites and not to our recycling facility.

If you would like to read more on how to store and handle your medical waste, please visit http://www.besmartwithsharps.com/Pennsylvania_resources.

Please keep the safety of our employees in mind the next time you dispose of your medical waste and needles.


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