All needles should be treated as if they carry a disease. That means that if someone gets stuck with a needle, they have to get expensive medical tests and worry about whether they have caught a harmful or deadly disease. You must be sure you get rid of your used needles the safe way to avoid exposing other people to harm. This information provides methods for the safe disposal of needles or sharps used at home.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
- Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal (PDF)(2 pp, 266 K, June 2006, EPA530-F-06-014)
- Protéjase usted mismo, y proteja a los demás (PDF)(4 pp, 466 K, Octubre de 2008, EPA530-F-06-014-S)
- Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal (Chinese Translation) (PDF)(2 pp, 818 K, 2004, EPA530-F-04-004)