Waukesha County would like to remind residents that proper disposal of medical sharps reduces health risks for curbside collection crews and recycling facility workers. December is International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month and Wisconsin medical waste rules require safe management and disposal of sharps to prevent accidental needle sticks and other sharps injuries.
“Incorrect disposal of medical sharps, such as needles and lancets, have the potential to create dangerous situations for workers through accidental needlesticks,” said Analiese Smith, Waukesha County Recycling and Solid Waste Supervisor. “There are a variety of easy, safe ways to properly dispose of these items.”
Improper disposal is not only hazardous, but also illegal. Residents should utilize options for proper disposal of their medical sharps.
Safe Sharps Disposal Options
More Information About Sharps Disposal
For more information, disposal publications and other locations for safe disposal of medical sharps in Wisconsin visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/HealthWaste/HouseholdSharps.html