To ensure that your harmful needles don’t make their way into the streets and water systems of your community, disposal of sharps containers must be compliant and thorough. Sharps are defined as any bio-hazardous material that could puncture skin and is contaminated with bodily fluids.
Sharps Disposal from Home
Used needles should immediately be placed in a sharps disposal container. These containers are FDA-cleared and are made of puncture-resistant plastic with leak-resistant sides and bottom. The only options to ensure that your sharps is disposed safety and securely is through take-back and mail-back programs.
Most cities have containers that theses sharps can be placed in for disposal at a local and accessible location. These take-back sites might night be an option for a lot of people, especially in rural communities. In this case, one should look into a waste mail-back program. We offer a mail-back program to provide a convenient, cost-effective, and eco-friendly solution tailored to individual waste generation. This program will ensure safe and compliant sharps or pharmaceutical disposal from your facility.
What Happens to Sharps After Mail Back?
Disposing any sharps improperly can severally effect the environment as well as residents of your community. Without proper disposal, one risks the spread of blood borne diseases to healthcare workers and the general public. To combat this pollution medical waste companies sterilize sharps in an autoclave by using high pressure for 15-20 minutes to “deactivate” all bacteria and viruses on any material. Another widely used method is incineration. This process is more typically used on chemotherapy sharps waste and uses high heat to burn away any infectious materials.
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