The Glenside Fire Protection District Sharps Disposal
Program is made possible by funds received through a safety grant courtesy of
the Glenside Fire District and with the partnership of a grant through SCARCE
(School and Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education).
Our goal is to provide a disposal option for self-injectors
and thereby preventing the sharps from entering the household waste stream.
purpose: The purpose of the
sharps disposal program is to provide education and assistance to
residents in the disposal of needles or “Sharps”
in efforts to support the waste, recycling and green initiatives in Du
needles should NOT be thrown in the garbage. Be sure you get rid of your used
needles the safe way to avoid exposing other people to harm. Improper disposal
of home-generated medical waste poses a potential health hazard to many,
including family members, sanitation workers, people in the community, hotel
housekeeping, staff and school personnel. Although rare, diseases as serious as
Hepatitis B & C and AIDS can result from accidental needle sticks.
improper disposal of contaminated sharps is a serious safety concern for garbage
collectors and landfill workers. We are offering these disposal tips as
guidance, but please check with your doctor, clinic or hospital to see about a
needle or “sharps” disposal that they may offer as well at their office.
Drop Box Collection Program
The supervised container collection site program is
designed to allow residents of the Glenside Fire Protection District to drop off
their sharps container during business hours of the Glenside Fire District.
Sharps users can take their filled sharps container to
the Glenside Fire Protection District for drop-off. This program will assist to
ensure that self-injectors have the
option to use approved Sharps containers to collect sharps, but prevent the
sharps from entering into the household waste stream. The program was designed
to provide an environmentally conscious disposal for sharps. The Glenside Fire
District is in the process of
earning their Earth Flag from SCARCE.
follow these instructions for Safe Disposal of Needles:
1. Use a puncture-proof sharps container which can be purchased at pharmacies. Alternatively hard plastic household containers (recycling code 4 or higher), which should be unbreakable and puncture resistant are acceptable, may be used. We recommend a laundry detergent bottle. No milk jugs or coffee cans.
should be placed in the sharps container immediately after use.
sharps in point-first.
sharps in closed container with the cap screwed on until disposal.
more than half-full should be disposed of. Do not cram them full.
label container “SHARPS,
DO NOT RECYCLE” with
a bold marker.
YOU NEED TO KNOW
must be brought to the fire station in approved containers
containers will only be accepted during business hours of the fire district
Monday through Friday, 8AM—4:30 PM
is no fee for residents of the Glenside Fire District
is a cash disposal charge per container for non-residents
When your sharps container
is full, simply secure the seal, and bring your bin to the fire station. When
you arrive, enter through the main door off of Fullerton Ave. Inform the desk
that you need to dispose of a sharps container. You will be asked to place your
container into a medical red waste bag which will then be placed in the
collection bin for disposal.
Mail in Programs and Events:
Sharps Disposal Internet links:
This program was started in cooperation with SCARCE www.scarce.org
and its purpose is to provide education and assistance to residents in the
disposal of needles or “Sharps” in an effort to support the waste, recycling
and green initiatives in DuPage County. If you have questions about the program
please contact the fire station or email firstname.lastname@example.org