If you have diabetes and use needles to inject your medication it is your responsibility to dispose of your needles safely. For example needles to inject insulin, ie a syringe, insulin injection pen or pre-filled insulin pen.
Also lancets used to do the finger prick test to check blood glucose.
How should I dispose of used needles or sharps? Read on to find out what your local policy is.
Needles can cause injury to others because they are sharp. Once they've been used, they also carry fluids from your body, such as blood. Used needles can carry infections, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B or hepatitis C. A used needle which is contaminated like this can pass an infection on to other people.
You will need to get a special sharps bin from your GP, this is available on prescription (FP10). You must collect this from the chemist, ask them to assemble the box. When you have filled your bin, you must get a new one from your GP.
A sharps bin is the safest way to dispose of contaminated or used sharps at home. It protects you and any other members of the family and any people involved in the removal of waste from your home.
Your used sharp items.
You should put the needle / sharps into your sharps box in one piece.
Disposing of used needles in other ways can cause injury to other people. Do not put used needles: in your household waste bin or any other refuse bin not intended for such items, or
in any other container that's no longer needed, for example, drink cans or bottles, or plastic food boxes.
Your sharps are classed as clinical waste, which means that special arrangements apply to their disposal. Using a sharps bin protects everyone and makes sure the waste is treated and disposed of safely. When your sharps bin is full, contact your local authority who will collect it from your home. In some cases you may need to return your box to your practice.
Leicester City Council Sharps collection service