Probably illegal - but I wondered if you could get rid through a diabetic? Not sure if type 1's are provided with disposable bin? Will ask my sis in law as she will know.
Otherwise my husband suggested putting them in a tin and chucking in the metal skip at local tip?????:1
Prob a bit dodgy - but the metal just gets weighed in for recycling? Am I being a bit dim about this?
Needles should be treated like biological wast more than anything, so just chucking them in the bin or taking them to the tip is the worst thing you can do. That is unless you clean and sterilize them in an autoclave first.
At the shop I worked in we used to sterilize them, then solder off the needles and recycle the needles and bars separately. But if your tattooing from home you can also take them to the chemist and they should sort it out.
I wonder if a big chain like Boots or Lloyds would be prepared to offer a sharps service where you initially purchase a small sharps bin then when returning the full bin purchase the service again and receive a new bin, how easy and convienient would that be and the chemist would make money from it as well.
Local authority contract, *£7.50 for a 5L sharps bin and *£12.50 per bag, the bag disposal is expensive, i have looked into canon hygene and they charge *£3.50 per bag, but the license costs *£35.00 per year
Hope this helps?
also for the people who are unsure, you don't have to put the needle bar into the sharps bin, just use a pair of pliers to pull the needle end away from the bar and just put the needles into the sharps bin, the needle bar can go into the bin.
I just found online that I can drop off a sharps container in a special collection box outside of a building...I will be buying myself a small sharps container
I have been doing it unsafe (trashbin) I know that's stupid and unsafe, but that's because I was scared to go to a place and tell them I wanna dispose tattoo needles...but since it's just a collection box that I can drop it off...there's no excuse for me to not do it
Edit: but...what if they check it...and decide to take down my license number and fk me over...since it's all at sheriff stations...damn i'm paranoid..