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.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?
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?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.
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: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.
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!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?
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.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.
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.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..