Never throw loose needles or syringes in the garbage. Loose or protruding needles are a danger to everyone, especially trash collectors. They can cause accidental needle-stick injuries that may require, at a minimum, testing for HIV and hepatitis.
For the safety of you and your family, as well as that of custodial and sanitation workers, we strongly encourage you to follow these recommendations when disposing of needles, also known as “sharps.”
Needles, lancets, and syringes from a household or other place of lodging (such as a motel or hotel), are not considered medical waste, so you can follow the attached general practices recommended for their disposal.
Always exercise caution when handling sharps of any kind. You should also be aware that syringes, needles, and lancets are not recyclable: do not put them in a recycling bin.