Medical and pharmaceutical waste from households
Using a community-based or commercial collection or disposal program are the preferred options, but these may not be available in all areas of the state.
- Local sharps collection programs.
- Mail-back programs for mercury, lighting, dental, medical and electronic wastes: Includes a list of companies offering prepaid mail-back kits for small quantities of common wastes from residences and small businesses.
- Local pharmacies often stock mail-in disposal kits for sharps and/or medications.
- If you've undergone treatment with radiopharmaceuticals for a disease like thyroid cancer, some wastes you generate may be contaminated with residual radiation.
- Certain wastes may have to be temporarily stored, typically for a week or more, to allow the residual radiation to decay before placing them out with your trash.
- You and your caregiver should closely follow the instructions provided by your doctor regarding waste disposal.