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NEW PROCEDURE: Sharps Disposal Container Now In Use
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NEW PROCEDURE: Sharps Disposal Container Now In Use

The Resource Recovery Plant has implemented a new sharps disposal procedure for residents, and a new 65-gallon sharps disposal container has been placed on site.

The locked container provides residents a free alternative for disposing of a sharp edge or point used medically to slice, scrape, or pierce skin. The facility is located at 110 Center Ave.

The new policy and disposal container will help residents keep medical waste out of the trash and Resource Recovery Plant workers safe. Sharps are objects or devices that have been used in labs, medical, or patient care. Sharps may be made of glass, metal, or even plastic with rigid corners. 

Sharps include:

· Acupuncture needles
· Blood vials
· Broken glass or capillary tubes
· Culture dishes and slides
· Exposed ends of dental wires
· Lancets
· Needles, hypodermic and tubing
· Pipettes · Root canal files
 · Scalpel blades
 · Suture needles
 · Syringes with and without needles
 · Trauma scene waste that can cut, slice, or pierce

Residents can dispose of sharps from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Because the container is locked, sharps may not be left at the site.

When sharps and used needles are not disposed of properly, they can spread infection and cause serious health problems.

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