- Place sharps in an empty, rigid plastic container, such as a laundry detergent bottle.
- Tape the bottle’s cap shut with strong tape. Firmly attach a “Do Not Recycle” label to the bottle. Please see the sample label.
- Dispose of bottle in the trash.
The Universal Recycling Law allows people to reuse rigid plastic bottles to dispose of their home-generated sharps.
Safe Needle Disposal in Vermont - VT Department of Health Toolkit & Website: includes a demo video, a toolkit for communities, case studies, and more.
Sample "Do Not Recycle" label to tape to disposal containers. Printing on colored paper makes the label more eye-catching.
Regulated Medical Waste (non-residential)
For questions about how businesses and institutions should dispose of regulated medical waste, contact Ben Gauthier at (802)522-5080 or Benjamin.Gauthier@vermont.gov.
Please see the current procedure for storage, treatment, transport and disposal requirements.
To contact a licensed hauler about transporting your regulated medical waste for proper treatment and disposal, check the "M" waste type designation on the list at the following link: https://anrweb.vermont.gov/DEC/_DEC/SolidWasteTransporters.aspx