Sharps are used in homes and professional settings to manage medical conditions or provide services. These devices must be handled carefully to prevent injury and the spread of disease. Once used, sharps should be immediately placed in a safe disposal container and disposed of according to your state and federal guidelines.
Businesses, healthcare providers, and individuals that regularly handle sharps require sharps disposal services. Shred Nations can connect you with reliable providers in your area. We offer services in a variety of volumes to meet the needs of medical offices, tattoo artists, homes, and more.
Why Is Sharps Disposal Important?
Improperly discarded sharps pose a risk to sanitation, housekeeping, and janitorial workers; as well as pets, children, and other family members. Not only can used needles cause injury, but they can also transmit serious diseases. Proper disposal protects your community.
Here are some guidelines to safely handle sharps:
- Never flush or throw sharps into the trash or recycling.
- Do not overfill sharps containers.
- Store containers away from food and other waste.
- Keep containers out of the reach of children and pets.
- Label containers as “Biohazard Infectious Waste” with the biohazard symbol.
- Dispose of containers when they are full or no longer in use.
Types of Sharps
Sharps are medical items with sharp points or edges that could cut or puncture the skin. Examples of commonly handled sharps are:
- Acupuncture needles
- Blood vials
- Broken glass from laboratories
- Capillary tubes
- Connection needles/sets
- Culture dishes and slides
- Exposed ends of dental wires
- Hypodermic needles
- Infusion sets
- Lancets/“fingerstick” devices
- Pasteur pipettes
- Razor blades
- Root canal files
- Scalpel blades
- Suture needles
- Syringes with and without needles
- Trauma scene waste that can cut, slice, or pierce
Sharps Disposal Services
Drop Off Services
Drop off services provide an easy disposal option that can be used at your convenience. Search for collection sites near you and drop off your containers during business hours.
Mail-back services are a quick and affordable disposal option. We will help you safely package your sharps and schedule pickup as needed.
FDA-approved containers are designed to safely store sharps. We offer a variety of sizes – single-use and reusable. Our containers meet safety guidelines at the local and federal levels.
Free Quotes on Sharps Disposal Services in Minutes
Shred Nations offers free, no-obligation quotes on sharps disposal services for your location. Simply give us a call at (800) 747-3365, fill out the form on this page, or contact us directly with our live chat and you will be contacted within minutes with your free quotes.