What Do You Do With Your Used Needles?

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The Do's and Don'ts of Safe Needle Disposal


  • DO be aware of your state laws and regulations.
  • DO use the proper container.  The EPA guidelines recommend a personal sharps container, a puncture-resistant, non-see through, rigid plastic container like a laundry or bleach bottle or a taped sealed coffee can.
  • DO put sharps in an appropriate container immediately after use.
  • DO keep sharps away from children and pets.
  • DO bring a sharps container with you when you travel.
  • DO use a new needle every time you inject.
  • DO clean the injection site with soapy water, alcohol swabs or rubbing alcohol.
  • DO dispose of sharps containers at a disposal site in your state.



  • DO NOT put sharps container in with recyclable.
  • DO NOT dispose of sharps in the garbage if it is illegal in your state.
  • DO NOT flush sharps down the toilet or drop into storm drains.
  • DO NOT dispose of sharps in glass containers, paper or plastic bags, milk jugs or soda bottles or cans.