Sharps Disposal Information
Question: Why is there a concern over the disposal of "sharps" materials?
Answer: Because someone coming into contact with "sharps" materials has no way of knowing the origin or purpose of the material. Accidental sticks from sharps are costly to treat, with potential costs from one stick exceeding $500,000. Accidental needle sticks can spread over 20 blood borne diseases (such as HIV, hepatitis B & hepatitis C), cause physical and emotional trauma, and can be fatal.
Residents and businesses within the DMC Regional Waste Commission are reminded that proper care needs to be observed when disposing of items considered as "sharps". These items include, but may not be limited to, diabetic needles, syringes, and lancets.
Burlington area residents need to know that it is a violation of city code (chapter 105 of Solid Waste Control) to dispose of items considered as ÒsharpsÓ in their regular trash. Please refer to the following chart for information on proper sharps disposal options.
If you have any questions about sharps disposal, please contact us at (319) 753-8126, toll free 800-216-8126, or on-line form.