WHY COLLECT RESIDENTIAL SHARPS? Home generated medical waste is only a small fraction of Ulster County’s waste stream but represents a large potential danger to residents and small children. Sharps – needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharp materials that come in contact with human blood or other body fluid – should be disposed of properly. Hospitals and other health care facilities, which generate medical waste, are strictly regulated, but residents are not regulated. By law, all Article 28 Health Care Facilities in New York are required to accept medical waste from residents in appropriate, puncture-proof containers. In Ulster County, the health facilities have coordinated a prescheduled collection program. In addition, all of these facilities have agreed to distribute free SHARPS containers, which were donated by Becton-Dickinson, a medical supply manufacturer.

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