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April 1, 2019 / Caregiver Trends

Diabetes: How-To Dispose of Needles and Lancets

April 1, 2019 2 min read

Miami-Dade County recommends that all sharps be disposed of safely. Eligible LMC members will be able to receive a biohazard container for the disposal of all their sharps including lancets and syringes.

LMC patients may also bring your sealed containers and or biohazard container to the nursing area of any one of our centers.
PLEASE NOTE …This is the only way we can accept your sharps.

Another way of disposing your sharps would be through the county program. Miami-County Health Department- Biomedical Waste Department has created a Sharps Disposal Program for the safe disposal of needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp medical objects.

Below is information regarding this program which is free for residents of Miami-Dade County who have a medical condition that requires the use of injected medication. Needles may be contaminated and need to be disposed of appropriately to prevent accidental sticks from improperly discarded needles.

Participants of the Sharps Disposal Program should:

  • Place needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp objects into an approved biomedical wastes sharps container or a heavy-duty plastic or metal container with a screw-on top that can be secured and closed tightly
  • Reinforce the closure with tape
  • Do not use clear plastic or glass for the container
  • Bring the container to the reception desk of a participating Miami-Dade County Health Department (MDCHD) location between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Bring in containers once they are three quarters full
  • Never place the container in a regular trash for disposal
  • Only properly packaged sharps containers will be accepted.

Container Do’s – The best containers to use are those that:

  • Are made of strong plastic, so needles cannot poke through
  • Have a small opening on top with a cap or lid that screws on tightly to prevent spills
  • Are not recyclable in your community. Put recyclable containers back into use whenever possible
    • Examples might include:
      • A plastic bleach bottle
      • A plastic liquid detergent bottle
      • A coffee can
    • Remember when it is three fourths full, close the lid and seal it with a strong tape.