Guidelines for Safe Sharps Disposal

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Guidelines for Safe Sharps Disposal

Daily diabetes care for an insulin pump user requires the use of lancets, needles and syringes, which are referred to as “sharps”. Proper disposal will reduce the risk of injury to you and to others.


Dispose of sharp objects in a proper sharps container. Sharps containers should be closed and properly discarded when full.


Be sure to dispose of sharps in accordance with federal, state and local regulations. The guidelines are as follows:


  • Never throw exposed sharps into trash.
  • Never flush sharps down the toilet.
  • Dispose of used needles, syringes, and lancets in a sharps container or a sturdy, puncture-proof plastic bleach or detergent bottle.
  • When your shaprs container is full, seal it and put it into a trash receptacle.  Make sure to label the container "USED SHARPS" with a heavy marker.
  • Do not overfill a sharps container.
  • Syringes, needles and lancets are not recyclable.


Follow these additional guidelines to safegaurd yourself and others:


  • Store sharps disposal container out of reach from children.
  • Never handle another person's sharps unless a healthcare professional has trained you in proper use and disposal
  • Do not recap or clip a needle.
  • Used tubing, cartridges without the needle and other disposables may be discarded in regular trash receptacles.

Information on containers to use for sharps disposal can be obtained from the American Diabetes Association or ask your local pharmacist.



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