According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lancets are medical wastes called “sharps.” Sharps can be dangerous to those handling garbage, if the sharps are thrown in the regular trash.”Sharps boxes” are recommended for home use. Many pharmacies sell sharps boxes at a reasonable cost and will allow you to return the boxes when they are full.
General Guidelines for Sharps Disposal
- Use a sharps box if one is available. Some hospitals and clinics provide or sell sharps boxes.
- If you do not have a regular sharps box, use a hard (puncture-proof) non-clear container for disposing used lancets.
- Properly dispose of your lancets when traveling or bring your used sharps home for disposal.
- Do not drop your used lancets into the regular trash.
- Do not use clear plastic bottles for lancet disposal.
- Do not put plastic bottles filled with lancets in recycle bins.
Per the CDCAs of now, each state and region has its own rules for disposing of syringes, pen needles, lancets and blood strips. To learn more about the regulations, you can check with your refuse company or the local waste authority. For additional information about how to safely dispose of your medical waste in your neighborhood, visit the Center of Disease Control and Prevention official website. But in general, never dispose medical waste directly in usual trash bins or public trash areas. Even when you are traveling, please use proper containers to collect your medical waste.When it comes to dealing with test strips, patients typically dispose them in the same bio-waste container along with their other medical waste items. Some like to keep the blood glucose test strips in a sealed bag and then place them in the sharps container. Sometimes, your community may have dedicated collection sites for filled sharp containers. Some of these locations that may collect them include police stations, fire departments, doctors’ offices, health clinics, health departments, pharmacies, and hospitals.