New Technology Allows Collection & Disintegration of Sharps On-Site
Typical Sharps Disposal Methods
Patients who rely on self-injection drugs for treatment, such as diabetics, are consistently faced with the challenge of properly disposing of used syringes while at home, work, or school. At home, other family members, pets, and guests can be exposed to used needles if they are not disposed of properly. Used sharps left loose in garbage bags can hurt sanitation workers during collection rounds, at sorting and recycling facilities, and at landfills. These materials also have the potential to become lodged in equipment forcing a worker to remove it by hand. In public settings such as schools, it is equally important to offer a safe place to dispose of used needles to protect children, school nurses, teachers, staff, and maintenance workers from risk of needle stick injuries.
Typically, used needles are collected in conventional sharps containers which are then mailed to, dropped off at, or picked up by waste programs that promise the environmentally-safe disposal of needles to prevent the sharps from entering the household waste system. For home and schools alike this requires an ongoing investment – first, the purchase of the sharps containers; second, the cost to dispose of the sharps containers once they are full; third, the purchase of replacement sharps containers.
On-Site Disintegration Device
For patients and schools looking for an alternative to the traditional sharps containers, they may want to consider a product that destroys needles on-site, making it safe to throw the sharps directly into the trash and eliminating the cost of disposing of and replacing sharps containers over and over.
One such device is The Disintegrator. The Disintegrator is an FDA approved and EPA recommended needle destruction device that:
Melts and blunts a needle’s tip.
Kills pathogens and seals the syringe making it safe to throw directly into household trash.
Does not produce smoke, ash, or residue and there is nothing to clean out.
Makes proper needle/syringe disposal convenient for home or schools.
Schools across the country are finding this device to be an economical and eco-friendly way to dispose of needles. For instance, one school district in Texas purchased 108 of these devices to meet their needle disposal needs. Read the press release >>
Benefits of using The Disintegrator:
Cost-effective (no disposal fees, one-time cost)
Convenient, single-stage disposal
Eco-friendly (reduces plastics in landfills, eliminates need for chemicals and incineration)
Learn more about The Disintegrator >>