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Resources for Recycling Household Medical Waste

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Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs (PDF) (1pp, 114.6k, about PDF)

This consumer guidance released by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy offers recommendations on how to dispose of your prescription drugs.

Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal (PDF) (2pp, 256.2k, about PDF) | Chinese Translation (PDF) (2pp, 804.0k, about PDF)

Describes disposal options for people who use syringes and other medical sharps at home. Contains information on six types of services available to home users: drop-off collection sites, community household hazardous waste collection centers, residential "special waste" pick-ups, syringe exchange programs, mail-back services, and home needle destruction devices.

Handle with Care: How to Throw Out Used Insulin Syringes and Lancets at Home - A Booklet for Young People with Diabetes and their Families (PDF) (10pp, 460.9k, about PDF)

Offers easy directions and illustrations on how to protect family members and waste handlers from injury, while keeping the environment clean and safe.

North American Syringe Exchange Program Exit EPA

Find out more about syringe exchange programs that will let you trade your used needles for used one, and dispose of your used needles safely.

Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal Exit EPA

This site provides a list of mail-back service companies for needle disposal. When contacting a mail-back service company, be sure to ask them if their service is approved by the U.S. Postal Service.


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