Frequent Questions

How should medical sharps be disposed?

Medical sharps, including hypodermic needles used for insulin injections, are not regulated by the Federal EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). However, EPA has published guidelines on the safe disposal of medical sharps.

The following documents may be useful:

Community Options for Safe Needle Disposal, EPA530-K-04-001 (PDF)  (8 pp., 590 KB)

Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal, EPA530-K-06-014 (PDF) (2 pp., 257 KB)

For more information, see the medical sharps web page.

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