Changing Laws

Legislators Take Action

Congress Addresses Medical Sharps

In California alone more than 355 million home-generated medical sharps are discarded annually, posing serious health risks to children, sanitation workers, and the general public. In 2008, recognizing the costs and dangers of used needles in the municipal waste stream (MSW), California passed the nation's first laws restricting sharps disposal in household trash and recycling.

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EPA Changes Sharps Guidelines

Response To Waste Stream Hazard

For decades, the EPA's guidelines for home-use sharps disposal were to place them in any sturdy common household container such as a bleach jug or coffee can and deposit them in the household trash. But as the number of injuries and liability claims rise proportional to the increase in used needles and syringes entering the waste stream, the EPA has revised its guidelines.

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Groundswell At Local Level

Communities Engage Industry For Safety

As states enact legislation to ban medical waste from the municipal waste stream, local governments and advocacy groups work to engage industry and retail businesses to organize funding for community safe medical sharps disposal projects.

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Through-The-Wall Disposal Unit

Johnson Environmental Products Through-Wall Unit allows pill containers and medical waste to be deposited through an outside drop-slot and stored in a secure indoor location for final disposal by authorized personnel. Safety design does not allow arm to enter unit.

Wall-Mount Disposal Unit

Johnson Environmental Products Wall-Mount Needle Disposal Unit features tough all steel construction with double locking front access door. Tamper proof openings and baffling system channel deposits needles into the awaiting Bio-Hazard Container for proper disposal.

Ultra-Secure Indoor Sharps Disposal Unit

Johnson Environmental Products Secure Indoor Sharps Disposal Unit (Model Nr. 88-SFP) is designed for use in prisons, treatment facilities, homeless shelters and high-security areas.