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How do you dispose of sharps containers??




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sharpz

how would that work with regards to us tattooing by rights you have to have a shop or do you? or do they not ask and just take them from you
 

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hi every1 ;) i just take my shaps bin to a drug rehab place were heroin additcs go ( i absolutly hate the place& 4 the record lol i only go there to dispose of tattoo needles lmao its a grim place but the safest way to disppose that ive found anyhow :thumbsup:
 

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Yup have used the CDT center myself for disposal of a sharps box dont like the places either if you go early morning you dont get the junkies. least then i know its being disposed of properly

as far as i know when you open a shop you have to have them disposed of through a company dealing in medical waste obviously its at a cost and dependable on company thats used

I know when i worked in radiology the sharps boxes were put into a corner in a back area for pick up from the porters so if you know anyone working in the hospital locally you could ask

lol just dont be chucking them in the bin
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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?:eek:
 

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We have lots of smackys down my way I will have lots of drop of points to choose from I bet there's more of them than mcdonalds lol thanks for the help:thumbsup:
 

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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?:eek:
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.
 

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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.
Well said! Needles should indeed be treated as if they are contaminated, just like anyone you tattoo (even if its your mum or wife / husband) should be treated as if they have Hep, HIV and even fkn ebola. Hep lasts for weeks on needles so chucking them in a skip is totally irresponsible. Even if you autoclaved them before you chucked them in the skip imagine the nightmare few weeks any poor person who gets jagged by one is going to have to go through waiting to see if they caught anything. Not to mention the trouble you'd be in with the police if they ever traced it back to you... Ask your local GP if they will dispose of them for you, or get intouch with a firm that disposes of them you'll have to pay a fee but peace of mind is priceless surely?
 

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Have you seen these, possibly could be used for needle bars
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozwSATHqI1s

Chemists will have sharps off you apparently, diabetics have a small sharps bin and you could snip the needles off the bar and dispose of them in there.

How about high temperature incineration with an oxyacetylene welding torch or mapp gas torch, cooker flame to make them into a molten blob .......... would it work?

Someone could make a lot of moneyif they come up with an idea to safely disintegrate tattoo needles at home.
 

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if you have a BOOTS chemist near you they will give you a sharps bin, and dispose of it when it's full, they don't ask any questions either as to why you need one.
 

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everyone that uses sharps should act responsible for the disposal of them ,you can locate a local waste company that will come round and pick them up ,and supply a clean sharp safe to refill again , i have a monthly contract at a hefty fee , but they will come round when needed ,like once a year if you ask .:icon_biggrin:
 

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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?
 

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If you google medical waste contactors you should find a local company to manage your waste. The one I use covers my area only, but provides sharps bins when I need it will collect the bin 3 times a year and supplies bags and collection up t 6 times a year for *£75
 

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Hi, just wanted to add to the conversation what I found in my area. I live in FL and came across these:

(Wont let me post links, I'm too new here) Google local county sharps collection and safe needle disposal dot org.

For my county there is no needle collection program. So I did a little more digging:



Storage of Used Needles

Store at home


  • If you have a medical facility that accepts sharps from the community for disposal, either purchase a sharps disposal container from a pharmacy or ask your specialty pharmacy to provide you with a sharps container (these are typically readily available if you receive your medication through the mail).
  • If disposal sites open to the public are not available in your area, DO NOT use a sharps container. Instead, USE an empty laundry detergent bottle with a screw-on lid. (See details later in this document.)
  • Do not store used sharps in glass bottles, soda bottles, milk jugs, aluminum cans, or coffee cans.
  • If you are bringing used sharps to a clinic or hospital collection site or using a mail-back program, follow their requirements, which may include use of a pre-purchased sharps container.
  • Always keep storage containers for used sharps out of the reach of children.
    • Place needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharp objects into hard plastic or metal containers with a screw-on top or other tightly securable lid (e.g., an empty paint can or liquid-detergent container).
    • Before discarding, reinforce the top with heavy-duty tape.
    • Do not put sharp objects in any container you plan to recycle.
    • Do not use clear plastic or glass containers.
    • Containers should be no more than ¾ full.


 

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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.
 

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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.
Some local Boots do have a needle exchange which is for drug uses, but they do give you a sharps bin if you ask & take returns, doesn't cost anything either.:icon_wink:
 
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I've heard ppl just put em in soda/beer cans then crush em, so they cannot fall out. They save up their other cans and take em all in to a recycling center. After that they just moved with machines to get melted down anyway. Nothing will survive the melt furnace. Plus you get paid for your aluminum. :icon_mrgreen: (i clave em and toss em in the trash tho)
 

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i was told by one chemist that my local council will collect free of charge.at the end of the day they dont know they have been in human,you could say there all practise needles.
 

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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?
With Cannon Hygeine, you need to barter with them. When the rep phoned me back, it started at *£150 per year, as he was trying to tell me what i needed etc. When i contacted the woman who came to do my inspection from the council, she said that all NON needle waste can be put straight into your regular rubbish. All heavily blooded towel etc should be double bagged. Meaning that you only need the sharpz disposed of by them!
I now pay *£45 per year for four collections as and when required. I just phone and arrange a date for collection.
Simples!
 

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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..
 

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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.
 

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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.
Yeah just get a pair of tin snips and cut the needle part off near the solder joint and let it drop in the sharps bin.

I brought a really small sharps bin from a chemist for a few *£*£ but then my Mrs asked the receptionist as the doctors next door to her mum n dads pub, she spoke to the doctor.

She told my Mrs I could have one of the big bins as long as I take it back to them... they'll take it and give me a new one, so I went along and got it... still not even used it yet...

How would this go with getting registered etc.? As i have no proof... shall I ask them for an nhs headed letter? Mrs gonna speak to the same receptionists when she's in.
 

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My sister works at a Dr. Office... Once I get good enough to tattoo people she has some work she wants done... She brings me the sharps containers, and when i'm done, she picks them up! She said I could drop it off at a CVS/Walgreens, (Pharmacy)... I'm in Indianapolis, IN, USA... don't know if it helps :D
 

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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..
If you're that paranoid, being that you're in San Diego (?) just drive up to one of the casinos, they've all got Sharps containers in the restrooms and you could dump em in there, get rid of them safe, without having to talk to anyone. It's also probably already been said but there's many clinics, especially in San Diego that do needle exchanges. I'm pretty sure they take all sorts of needles without questions as they are trying to cut down on the transmission of things between certain high risk groups. I worked at a HIV research clinic there for awhile and I think they took them.
 

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Well , iam the only German here i gues :)
So i ask a friend of mine , she working at the hospital . She told me that i can put my needles to an Pet bottle and colect them , the close the Pet and just trow it in the normal trash ( where u put glass n stuff ) . I whas realy shocked , but the hospital does it that way , and so no need to go to there
 

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I have personally used a needle exchange and told them straight that I needed a way to dispose of practise tattoo needles. All I had to do was put my date of birth and initials down and I was presented with an array of different size sharps bins and chose the size I wanted. All they ask you to do is bring it back when full for a new one
 

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I have just finished legalizing my home tattoo business and the next step is closing a contract with a medical wastes company that collect all wastes (not only sharps).
Till now, I have used sharps containers and given them to a local pharmacy (since I know a person there) and they have helped me out so far wile I don't have things worked out.
 
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