Re: Disposing insulin syringes
- From: jaj001
- Date: Sun, 03 Oct 2010 19:28:22 -0400
What I am trying to say is the following:
1) An individual cannot be made to purchase "clippers" or sharps cans.
2) As long as they are in a "puncture proof" container, home generated
sharps can be placed in regular trash anywhere in the USA just like
something that is not recycled or composted.
3) The purpose of my post was to awaken individuals about saving
a. Next time your clipper is full, don't replace it. Just cap
your sharps and toss them in a coffee can, pop bottle, etc.
b. Don't buy those little red sharps cans, use a "hard
plastic" bottle with a screw cap. Toss in regular garbage. Money
c. Don't drive your sharps to a special "fee-for-service"
location. Render them safe (in a puncture resistant container) and
toss them in regular garbage. Save petrol and the environment.
4) Research in other jurisdictions.
a. I work in the health care industry and have consulted with
CDE's co-attending conferences. There is nothing there.
b. I have family working in the US EPA Solid Waste Disposal
section in the Savannah River basin. There is nothing from their
research related to solid waste disposal.
c. I asked the BD manufacturer's representative about their
company's knowledge (BD sells a clipper and residential sharps cans)
and the reply was "no regulations" to their knowledge.
d. I am a dual resident of FL and KY. Exploration with solid
waste offices in each state returned no requirements other than
reasonable and prudent disposal. I asked them to expound. "Coffee
can" or "water bottle" were the two replies.
e. In every jurisdiction explored, when asked about the
"charging more" or having ADA protected groups jump through extra
loops and hoops, the reply was "not required". The replies continued
"protect our workers but you do not have to do exotic things" like buy
needle clippers, sharps cans, etc.
SO -- BOTTOM LINE
My research and investigation yields extra expense is not required. If
you have the time and interest, check with your local authorities.
There may be a way to save money.
I would like to apologize for not presenting this better the first