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Needles and syringes used by diabetics and others for self-administration of prescription drugs are not recyclable.
Home-generated needles and other sharps thrown into household waste present a great risk to sanitation and water treatment workers, janitors, housekeepers, children – even pets.
New self-contained dispensers can be disposed of in the garbage when empty but whenever you change a needle that needle must be handled and disposed of carefully.
Local hospitals, clinics, drugstores, etc. in Illinois will NOT take sharps for disposal nor will the Hazardous Waste Site.
Note: The Household Hazardous Waste site at 3333 Kishwaukee Street, Rockford will accept Insulin for disposal, but no needles, sharps or other medication.
For Needle Disposal in Northern Illinois:
- Use a securable container, like a coffee can, milk bottle, plastic soda bottle, laundry detergent bottle, etc.
- Place the sharps into the container carefully with the points down.
- Do not overfill the bottle. About half full is the best time to dispose of it.
- Glue the lid in place! You may also secure some lids with heavy tape, like duct tape.
- Wrap the container in several plastic bags and then tape the entire package securely.
- Clearly print “DO NOT RECYCLE” on the outside of the package.
- Place in regular garbage for disposal.
- Instructions from the State of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
For Mail In Disposal:
A number of private companies offer solutions for businesses or people who need to dispose of sharps at home, including:
Most pharmacies offer some type of mail-in packaging for sale online or in retail locations.
For Resident Disposal in Southern Wisconsin Only:Walgreens
1531 Madison Road Beloit, WI 53511 (608) 365-1904 Accepts sharps, needles and syringes for disposal if properly prepared: 1. Preferrably in approved Sharps disposal containers 2. If no approved containers available, use a plastic milk bottle or other hard plastic container 3. Place sharps into the container carefully with the points down 4. Do not overefill the bottle. About half-full is the best time to dispose of it 5. Take to the above address in Beloit, WI Note: Walgreens Drugs in Illinois do NOT accept sharps!
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