In Lorain County there are options for disposing of sharps generated from personal use. Proper preparation and disposal are important to avoid injury to yourself and others.
The following guidelines apply to sharps you use at home and to needles and syringes you might find around your home.
If you find a syringe or needle, do not pick it up with your bare hands. Use a glove and tongs, shovel or broom and dustpan to pick it up.
Always place used sharps and syringes in a safe container. This can be a manufactured sharps container or a 2-liter plastic pop bottle. Make sure the lid is secured and placed in your regular trash container.
Do not break the needle off from the syringe. Needles can carry HIV, hepatitis and other germs. If the needle gets broken off from a syringe you have personally used, pull the plunger out of the barrel, put the needle in the barrel, and then replace the plunger.
Please, do not flush needles or syringes down the toilet!
For additional details on disposal of generated sharps, see these guidelines from the U.S. EPA.