3 Tips For Getting Rid Of Your Medical Waste At Home

Whether you use colostomy bags or are a diabetic giving yourself insulin shots, taking care of a medical condition at home can generate a lot of waste. It is important to know how best to get rid of the medical waste you have, so that you protect yourself and others. Here are a few tips to help you dispose of medical waste properly.

Mix Pills with Undesirable Items

If you’re like many people, you have pills that expire or that you simply do not need anymore. While it seems simple to just throw out the entire bottle with the pills inside, anyone who comes across the bottle may decide to take it. It is a better idea to dispose of the bottle separately and mix the pills with coffee grounds or cat litter. That will make it more difficult for unintended users to gather the pills and use them.

Use a Laundry Detergent Bottle for Needles

If you use needles on a regular basis, you need to be sure that you collect and dispose of them safely so that no one gets stuck. It is imperative that you don’t make an attempt to recap used needles, as you may end up sticking your finger. Instead, you can use a hard plastic bottle, such as a laundry detergent bottle, to hold your used needles. When the bottle is full, seal the cap with duct tape. You can put the bottle in your household trash at that point, but for more protection, you can put the bottle in a plastic bag and duct-tape the plastic bag shut as well. You can also contact local hospitals to see if they can take your used needles.

Do Not Label Medical Waste

You might think it’s a good idea to label your medical waste when it is in plastic bags so that special care is given to it by sanitation workers. However, such labels only call attention to the bags, which can attract addicts, recreational drug users and others. If you have taken care to dispose of your medical waste properly, it is safe to set it out, unmarked, with other household trash.

These are just some of the ideas you can use to get rid of medical waste from your home. To be even more confident that you are disposing of medical waste properly, enlist the help of a medical waste removal service like S.H Bio-Waste LTD.

Author: Frieda Jones

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