At home, how do you dispose of your lancets, syringes, and other "sharp" medical waste?
Toss them in the trash
Place them in a container (such as a milk carton) and toss the container in the trash
Place them in an approved medical sharps container and toss it in the trash
Place them in an approved medical sharps container and return it to a disposal center
Total votes: 20
At home, how do you dispose of your lancets, syringes, and other "sharp" medical waste?Poll dates: February 19 - 26, 2014
Total Votes: 20
Disposal of medical waste, such as lancets and insulin syringes, is a problem for many communities. Just over three-quarters of people who responded (79%) indicated that they placed their sharp medical waste in a container before disposal. Old plastic milk cartons are generally fine, but commercial medical sharp disposal containers are often stronger and more resistant to punctures. Many schools require an approved medical waste container for disposal of lancets and syringes.
If you're simply tossing your sharp medical waste in the trash, you may want to check with your waste disposal company or city waste disposal office to be sure you're complying with local regulations.
This table shows how people have responded to this poll over the past several years.
Answer Feb 2014 Feb 2013 Feb 2012 Feb 2011 Feb 2010 Feb 2009 Apr 2004 Apr 2003 Apr 2002 Jan 1999 Toss in trash 14% 13% 17% 19% 16% 17% 14% 12% 14% 14% Place in container, then toss container 38% 49% 46% 36% 34% 36% 42% 40% 38% 40% Place in medical waste container, then toss container 23% 13% 11% 9% 13% 11% 12% 12% 11% 12% Place in medical waste container, then return to disposal center 19% 22% 21% 31% 32% 30% 25% 29% 29% 26% Other 4% 4% 5% 5% 4% 3% 4% 5% 5% 5%
Note: Due to a technical problem, votes cast between February 23 and February 26 were not counted.
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