Safe Sharps Disposal at Home
Sharps waste cannot be thrown away with your trash or recycling. To prevent injury and illness
to yourself and others, use the guidelines below for getting rid of sharps waste in your home.
Examples of Sharp Waste
ξ Any other sharp objects
What to do with Sharp Wastes
ξ Obtain or purchase a "Sharps Box” from your
pharmacy, hospital, clinic or health department.
ξ You may also use a hard plastic liquid laundry
soap or bleach bottle with a screw on lid. If you
choose this option, you will need to get a biohazard
sticker. If that is not an option, write “Sharps” on
the bottle so others know there are sharps wastes
ξ Always keep sharps containers out of the reach of
children and pets.
ξ When the container is 3/4 full, tightly close the lid.
ξ Take it to your local pharmacy, doctor’s office, or to the UW Hospital and Clinics lab.
There are other sharps disposal sites in local towns and states. For this and other rules, look
online at http://www.safeneedledisposal.org
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright 7/2015. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing. HF#4587.