In-Home Containment of Sharps

Safety Practices in Using Sharps

  • It is important to use a new sharp for each injection to reduce harm to your skin and for more comfort. 
  • Where possible use a safety engineered sharps device

How to Properly Dispose of Sharps

  • Do NOT flush sharps in toilets 
  • Do NOT place sharps in recycling







Used sharps should be immediately placed in a sharps disposal container.  FDA-cleared sharps containers are generally available through pharmacies, medical supply companies, healthcare providers and online.

Examples of FDA cleared sharps containers include:

  • Red Boxes
  • Sharps clippers

Sharp Clippers

Sharp Clippers







In general, sharps containers are puncture and leak resistant and keep the sharp contained.

If an FDA-cleared container is not available a heavy-duty plastic household container, such as a laundry detergent container can be used as an alternative; that is:

  • made of a heavy-duty plastic,
  • can be closed with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid, without sharps being able to come out,
  • upright and stable during use, and
  • leak-resistant