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kidpwr4 10-14-2011 08:54 AM

syringe disposal
 
I've just been through a bit of a fiasco with my vet on syringe disposal. Basically it was a whole lot of miscommunication, but I was never told that they'd charge me for syringe disposal at the office. I understand why they do, just wasn't told up front.

Anyway, after sending an unsatisfied email, my vet called me to try to clear it up. I'm still not too excited with her, I think she's just "covering her butt" trying to say they just had a meeting to make sure everyone was telling clients the right stuff when SHE's the one who told me I could dispose of them there and never mentioned a fee. Anyway, she also said most people dispose of them at their pharamacies and thought you could do that for free. How do all of you dispose of yours? Does Wal-Mart take them?

I'm also a little irked that she never even inquired about Jasmine or how she's doing during this phone call....just trying to make sure she's placating me on the syringe issue so we don't leave her practice! She'd have more luck keeping me if she showed some concern for my dog! They just got a new vet working there that I think I'm going to like, so I'll stay there for a while yet to give her a try ;)

Cebe 10-14-2011 09:31 AM

Re: syringe disposal
 
I'm a little embarrassed to say that I have yet to dispose of any of my syringes. I have them all collected in a container, but I've been lazy about taking them to the vet. I was told they'd take care of it for me, and no one suggested there would be a charge. We shall see!!

Judi 10-14-2011 09:40 AM

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Patty had a good link in some other thread with the rules by state. MN lets you dispose of them yourself if you do it properly (I haven't done it yet).

I googled WI and found a fact sheet that said collectors can pass on their costs but can't make a profit. Here is the link:

http://dnr.wi.gov/org/aw/wm/publicat...pub/wa1239.pdf

I really need to get going on mine too. My illegal coffee container is kind of full. Judi

CraigM 10-14-2011 09:59 AM

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There was a discussion about this a few months ago. I think the bottom line is each State / location has its own laws / restrictions.

We first bought sharps containers from Target and took full containers to our vet for a small fee. We then discovered that our local trash service would take sharps containers for free, just had to deliver to their office (no curb pick-up). A year or so ago they started to charge, I believe $15, but they would supply the sharps container.

I just wouldn't feel good about disposing at the curb even if it was allowed in my State. I put syringes, lancets and used test strips in the sharps container.

Judi 10-14-2011 10:14 AM

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Craig: In MN you are supposed to melt the needle, put them in a plastic detergent bottle with a screw on lid, and mark the bottle as well as duct tape it I think. I'll probably take mine to my vet.

farrwf 10-14-2011 12:28 PM

Re: syringe disposal
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kidpwr4 (Post 58420)
How do all of you dispose of yours?

I put the plastic caps back and throw em in the kitchen garbage container.

They are transported from my kitchen garbage container to my city trash container in a garbage bag.

My city trash container is rolled down to the street on a Thursday night.

Friday morning the city solid waste removal crew empties the contents of my city trash container into their truck and transports the used needles to a solid waste landfill.

That's it .... simple, huh???

♫♪ .... I love logistics! ... ♫♪

HarrysMom 10-14-2011 01:02 PM

Re: syringe disposal
 
In San Francisco, you can pick up free sharp container at Walgreens and bring back the syringes in the container to the store - all for free.
Walgreens in our neighborhoone (Marin County) used to do that, but not anymore. I bring the needles and the container to the city Walgreens near my work office.

Shellie 10-14-2011 02:39 PM

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Turns out my town here in Connecticut allows them to be recycled. Just put in a laundry detergent bottle, tape the cap and label. I don't know about other towns but I would say it's likely the same.

CarolW 10-14-2011 04:47 PM

Re: syringe disposal
 
My vets took my syringes and disposed of them along with their sharps; no charge.
Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:46:59 (PDT)

spiritdog6 10-14-2011 05:46 PM

Re: syringe disposal
 
Quote:

I put the plastic caps back and throw em in the kitchen garbage container.

They are transported from my kitchen garbage container to my city trash container in a garbage bag.

My city trash container is rolled down to the street on a Thursday night.

Friday morning the city solid waste removal crew empties the contents of my city trash container into their truck and transports the used needles to a solid waste landfill.

That's it .... simple, huh???
I wonder if that is legal in your state?

In OR I talked to the hazardous waste people up in Portland. We are not allowed to put them in the garbage, nor put them in laundry detergent bottles. You must use a specific container for them, either purchased at a drug store or your vet. Even if you get the little thing that cuts off the needle, you are still not allowed to put just the syringe in garbage either. My city does not have curbside for hazardous waste.

Oh and no Wal Mart does not take needles at all.

I got a container from Fred Meyers, for $15, it is large, but I have 2 diabetic dogs. It lasts for many months, I'd guess 6?

Some vets charge, some don't.


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