Home Generated Medical Waste

 

Improper management of discarded needles and other sharps can pose a health risk to recycling and waste workers. For example, discarded needles may expose recycling and waste workers to potential needle stick injuries and potential infection when containers break open inside garbage trucks or needles are mistakenly sent to recycling facilities. Janitors and housekeepers also risk injury if loose sharps poke through plastic garbage bags. Used needles can transmit serious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis.

 

Many hospitals in and around Somerset County participate in the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Safe Syringe Program.  Hospitals provide sharps containers to the home generators that the generator returns to the hospitals when the container is full.  Contact the hospitals listed below for further information.

 

St. Peter’s Hospital- New Brunswick                      Somerset Medical Center-Somerville

732-745-8600 ext. 8282                                          908-685-2200 ext. 3258

Safe Syringe Program                                             Safe Syringe Program

 

 

Princeton Medical Center-Princeton                      Hunterdon Medical Center-

908-788-6100 ext. 6136                                          Flemington 908-788-6100

Joan Gillard                                                               ext.6136- Diabetic Dept.

 

Additional information about the Safe Syringe Disposal Program maybe obtained by contacting:

New Jersey Hospital Association

760 Alexander Road

Princeton, NJ 08543

609-273-4058

 

NOTE: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD NEEDLES EVER BE PUT IN ANY TYPE OF CONTAINER AND PLACED OUT FOR RECYCLING COLLECTIONS.  THIS IS VERY HAZARDOUS TO ALL PERSONNEL HANDLING RECYCLING COLLECTIONS.  DO NOT BRING NEEDLES TO HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTIONS!

 

Waste Management, a waste hauling company has a “Sharps Disposal by Mail” program.  Participants are provided with an approved disposal container and mail full containers for disposal using US Postal Service.  Interested parties can call Waste Management for prices & details at 877-WASTE-MD.