How Sharps Mail Back Services Work

Sharps mail back services are ideal for individuals and business that generate smaller amounts of sharps waste than large health organizations. This service allows for easy storing, packing, and safe disposal of your sharps. It is convenient, cost effective, and secure.

Learn more about how sharps mail back services work in the video and transcription below. We will outline who can benefit, how they benefit, and the process of sharps mail back services.  

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What Are Sharps Mail Back Services?

Sharps mail back services provide an alternative to large-scale sharps disposal services. Instead of scheduling a date for pickup, you’re sent a sharps container and all the materials you need to safely collect your sharps before mailing them back to the provider for destruction.

You’re given all the necessary equipment including containers and bag liners. Once your containers are full, you can send your sharps back in boxes with prepaid postage that are also included with the materials sent to you by mail back service providers.

Who Benefits Most from Sharps Mail Back Services?doctor giving a shot, sharps

Besides major healthcare organizations like hospitals, there are a wide range of other sharps waste generators who produce smaller amounts of waste and can benefit from sharps mail back including:

  • Physician offices
  • Dentist offices
  • Veterinary offices
  • Pharmacies
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Diabetics
  • Home health providers
  • Acupuncturists
  • Law enforcement & paramedics

How Sharps Mail Back Works

Get Sharps Shipping Materials Sent to You

The sharps mail back process begins with the provider initially sending you the necessary materials for sharps mail back, including:

  • Disposal container(s)
  • Protective bag liners
  • Barcode labels for service tracking
  • Prepaid & USPS-approved return boxes

Fill Sharps Disposal ContainersProper Medical Waste Disposal

Over time, collect and store your used sharps like needles, syringes, and lancets in disposal containers. It’s important to be sure you don’t overfill containers and before depositing sharps, never try to re-cap them as it can cause needlestick injuries.

Package and Mail Back Boxes

Once sharps disposal containers are full, you can simply place them in the prepaid return boxes and drop them in the mail to be safely disposed by the mail back service provider.

Receive a Certificate of Destruction

After materials are received and destroyed, you’re provided a formal certificate of destruction in return with details including where and when the destruction took place, as well as witnesses. These can be used for proof of compliance in case of legal disputes.

The Benefits of Using Sharps Mail Back Servicesmailing package


One of the biggest benefits from sharps mail back is not needing to schedule. Rather than setting up a date for pickup and paying for transportation fees, when your sharps containers are full you can simply mail them back.

Besides not needing to schedule, instead of purchasing containers and finding a disposal provider separately, sharps mail back services combine the two by providing the containers to collect sharps, as well as the boxes to mail them back in. Resulting in cutting the time needed for sharps disposal in half.

Cost Efficiency

Sharps mail back services help cut costs and provide a more economical sharps disposal option in a variety of ways:

  • No transportation fess
  • No scheduling for pickup
  • Prepaid postage for return boxes
  • Up-front price that includes all sharps mail back materials
  • Less expensive than large-volume pickup services, making it ideal for those who don’t have many sharps to dispose


Sharps mail back service providers take multiple steps to ensure safety and security throughout the mail back process like providing formal certificates of destruction.

USPS-approved packaging for safely storing and shipping sharps are also used and when it comes to the actual destruction, sharps are disposed according to EPA standards.

Interested in Sharps Mail Back Services?

Join the countless other individuals and businesses who we’ve helped to find a convenient disposal option for their sharps using mail back services when you visit us at Medical Waste Pros today.

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