Convenient and Secure Sharps Mail-Back Services
Households and smaller businesses usually generate a smaller number of sharps, making pick-up services too expensive. Sharps can be harmful to your coworkers and family members, risking needle-stick injuries and the spread of disease. Therefore, they still need to be disposed of properly regardless of the amount you have to dispose of. Mail-back services provide a convenient and cost-effective solution for your needs.
Medical Waste Pros offers mail-back services for when you don’t want to search and drive to a drop-off location. Additionally, a service provider won’t have to drive to your location, reducing your costs. You also won’t have to shop around to find the proper containers or spend any time researching. You will be given everything you need with the kit.
With a mail-back service, you can purchase a kit online that includes everything you need, from the container to the instructions to the shipping label. When your container is full, you simply follow the instructions and mail it off to be properly disposed of. Mail-back services are compliant with state and federal regulations regarding sharps, as well as the Department of Transportation and United States Postal Service shipping regulations.
Other Sharps Disposal Services
Regularly Scheduled Pickups
If you have a significant amount of sharps to dispose of, our regularly scheduled service allows you to plan for ongoing pickup of medical waste. We schedule a time with your facility and will pick up and dispose of your sharps based on your schedule, no matter if it’s daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly.
We offer on-call service for emergencies or facilities or residents that don’t need sharps pickup regularly (or only have a small amount that needs to be collected periodically). This service is identical to our regularly scheduled service but can be scheduled periodically whenever you need it.
If you only have a couple of containers, drop-off locations are the most convenient. Medical Waste Pros has drop-off locations all throughout the US. Use our directory to find the closest sharps disposal location near you.
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What are Sharps?
Generally, Sharps that have been used or are intended to be used for human or animal patient care in medical, research, or industrial laboratories, including:
- Hypodermic needles
- Pasteur pipettes
- Syringes with and without needles
- Scalpel blades
- Lancets/“fingerstick” devices
- Infusion sets
- Exposed ends of dental wires
- Root canal files
- Connection needles/sets
- Razor blades
- Suture needles
- Acupuncture needles
- Blood vials
- Culture dishes and slides
- Trauma scene waste that can cut, slice, or pierce
- Broken glass from the laboratory including slides and slide covers and more
From supplying containers and mail-back systems for the safe disposal and transport of sharps to regularly scheduled pickups, our professional contractors will help ensure you’re compliant with all local, state, and federal laws.
How a Sharps Mail-Back Service Works
- When you’re ready to start your service, purchase your kit online.
- Once you receive your mail-back kit, fill the container with your sharps.
- Once your container is full, place it into the provided bag and the shipping box.
- Follow any other instructions that it comes with.
- Your sharps will then be shipped to a secure provider to be properly disposed of.
Benefits of a Sharps Mail-Back Service
Convenience and Accessibility
Sharps mail-back services offer a convenient option for individuals who may not have easy access to local drop-off locations. This service allows users to safely dispose of sharps from the comfort of their homes, promoting accessibility for those with mobility issues or limited transportation.
Reduced Risk of Needlestick Injuries
Mail-back services minimize the risk of needlestick injuries by providing secure containers for sharps disposal. This is especially important for individuals managing medical conditions at home, as well as for healthcare professionals who generate sharps waste in various settings.
Compliance with Regulations
Mail-back services are designed to comply with local, state, and federal regulations governing the safe disposal of medical waste. Users can have confidence that their sharps are being handled and disposed of following established guidelines.
Mail-back services contribute to environmental conservation by ensuring that sharps are properly disposed of and do not end up in regular waste streams. This helps prevent contamination of landfills and ecosystems, supporting sustainable waste management practices.
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Sharps Mail-Back FAQs
How do I dispose of sharps?
- Once used, any Sharps should be placed in a Sharps disposal container. These containers are leak-proof and made of a puncture-resistant plastic and puncture-resistant lid that can be handled without concern or risk of exposure. If an FDA-cleared container is not available a heavy-duty plastic household container, such as a laundry detergent container can be used as an alternative.
- Be sure to never place any loose Sharps in any trashcan or recycling bin- and never flush Sharps down the toilet. If you do, you’re putting janitors, housekeepers, children, and other sanitation workers in harm’s way.
- Even if it’s just for your pet, the guidelines are the same- be sure to use the same Sharps guidelines to safeguard anyone who could be exposed to Sharps waste.
What goes in a sharps container?
Where can I get a sharps container?
Sharps containers are available through pharmacies, medical supply companies, healthcare providers, and online. Learn more about sharps containers here.
How much does a sharps mail-back service cost?
The price of your sharps mail-back service will depend on your location, the size of your containers, how many boxes you have, and other factors. You will prepay for the disposal when you order your mail-back kit.
What other types of medical waste do you handle?
Does Medical Waste Pros use safe medical waste disposal methods?
Yes, all of our service providers follow all state and federal regulations when it comes to disposing of medical waste. They use methods such as autoclaving, chemical treatments, and EPA-approved incineration.
Can I just throw my medical waste away?
No, you can’t throw away medical waste. There are state and federal laws, including OSHA, FDA, DOT, and the EPA, that regulate how to dispose of medical waste. These regulations were put in place for your safety, in terms of the environment and health effects of improper disposal.