Used needles and syringes from self-injections may be placed in the regular trash if certain precautions are followed. These precautions are designed to protect sanitation workers and other workers in the waste industry from an accidental needle stick.
- Place used needles and syringes in a rigid plastic container with a sealable lid such as a Sharps container or a plastic laundry detergent bottle with a screw on top.
- Seal the lid with tape.
- Place the container in your regular trash. DO NOT place the container with your recyclables.