I live in Canada. We are also not allowed to simply put them in the trash.
I carry an empty film roll in my purse to use if I am out, for the used needles and lancets and strips used in the glucometre. I use a pen needle so size is not a problem.
I have three options at home. I can go to the local waste management cente centre for a special biohazard disposal unit, like the one Jeannie described, or I can take them to the local drug store for proper disposal, or I can even bring them to some doctor's office for disposal.
It sounds to me like Jeannie's idea of a coffee can should be fine, and it used to be fine here. However over the past year the law has changed.
It makes it difficult. But I do understand the concerns of the garbage people. My guess is that most diabetecs do dispose of them carefully. I know sometimes my hubby does my insulin and he has left the used needle on the sideboard of the bedroom. Then it may fall. I have stepped on one and boy does it hurt!!!!
Hope you find a solution. It sounds like Jeannie gave you some great info. Way to go Jeannie, you deserve a new crown.
Post Edited (effie) : 7/7/2005 4:42:42 AM (GMT-6)