You will need to have a special container in which to store your used sharps at home. You can:
When storing sharps at home, it is important to remember the following.
You can buy a sharps disposal container from your pharmacy.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
You need to prepare sharps properly before getting rid of them. You can buy a device that:
Never place sharps containers in the recycling or loose sharps in the trash. Choose one of the following options to get rid of your sharps.
Allina Health hospitals and clinics in Minnesota do not accept sharps. Please do not bring them to your hospital or clinic.
You can make your own sharps disposal container from an empty laundry detergent bottle.
Please call your city or county government's household trash and recycling service with questions. You can find the phone number by visiting:
If your county is not listed, you can get information about your city or county government's household trash and recycling service by calling them at the number listed on their website or in your local phone book.
Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Gestational Diabetes: When You Have Diabetes During Pregnancy, third edition, ISBN 1-931876-21-6
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