Put needles, lancets and needle pens into a sharps container immediately after use. Do not try to remove, bend, break, or recap needles. If you do not have a sharps container, put them into a puncture-proof plastic bleach, detergent, or coffee container, tape shut, and label "SHARPS." Do NOT use a glass container, soda can, juice bottle, or milk container for sharps.
Keep out of Landfill via Special Program:
From a RI household:
Call the Eco-Depot Program for a FREE appointment at 942-1430 x 241 or make an appointment on our website. On this page you can also download our Eco-Depot brochure, listing other HHW items you may have to dispose, and make a single trip.
From any RI source (e.g. household, business, school):
Statewide options for disposal are listed below. Fees may apply. RIRRC does not recommend any one business or organization over another.
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If none of the above is an option, this item is safe for disposal in your regular trash. Put your properly prepared sharps container (as described above) in the center of a full, preferably dark trash bag, and put the bag out in the regular trash.