Can you remember a time when a nurse administered medication via a needle and had no way to dispose of that needle? What do you think she or he did? Where did that needle go? Do you remember when needles were found floating in the ocean and washed up on beaches? Can you also believe that as recently as 2014, residents of a small town in Canada had flushed 244 needles down the toilet and were discovered in the town’s sewage plant?
This is a matter of public safety, not just the safety of the person using the needle. It’s not just that a nurse might get stuck with a needle, it’s not just that a needle may contain contaminants, the careless disposal of needles is hazardous to ALL of us because so many people are not thinking about what it means to dispose of a needle. Sure, we see the Hazmat containers in the doctor’s office or hospital, but the reality is, the use of needles is so widespread that we, as professionals in this industry, need to be spending more time educating the public about the proper way to dispose of needles. If we, as human beings, can’t think about the impact improper disposal can have on other human beings, then why don’t we consider what happens to wildlife when they’re exposed to these needles? If we can’t do it for ourselves, let’s do it for them, their lives depend on us!
If you need help managing your Sharps disposal, please call us, we’re here to help! It’s our business to protect you and the environment so PLEASE, think about this, for someone or something, it can be a matter of life and death.