Medical Waste

Oxygen & IV Tubing
Oxygen tubing should be wrapped and disposed of in the garbage. It should never be placed with recyclable materials.
IV tubing used in home health care should be wrapped and disposed of in the garbage. It should never be placed with recyclable materials.

Bandages, Disposable Sheets, & Used Latex Gloves
Soiled bandages, sheets / bedding and medical gloves used in home health care should be placed in a plastic garbage bag, tied closed and put in the garbage for disposal.

Sharps/Syringes
Place the used sharp / syringe in a puncture resistant container such as a 2-liter pop bottle or liquid laundry detergent bottle. Make sure the cap is tightly secured; label the container, "Home Sharps" and place it in the garbage for disposal at a solid waste transfer station. Another option is to purchase a red home sharps disposal container at a local pharmacy. When the container is full, it can be placed in the garbage for disposal.
Never place sharps with recyclable materials.

Resources:
MPCA Disposing of Needles and Syringes
Safe Disposal Options for Needle and Syringes
Otter Tail County Disposal Tips Brochure

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