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Disposal of Household Potentially Infectious Medical Waste (PIMW) and "Sharps"

PIMW: Illinois has not created a formal policy on the disposal of syringes used by individuals at home. However, the Illinois EPA provides the following guidance. For those who need to dispose of PIMW, including used and unused syringes, needles, lancets, and other sharps, along with any animal waste, proper disposal methods should be used to avoid accidental injuries and/or infection to sanitation or janitorial workers or even members of one's own household.

When possible, the above sharps disposal methods are preferred over placing the sharps in a solid waste receptacle. If a person chooses to place PIMW in with his/her trash, the following guidelines help protect those who may come in contact with the waste:

Unfortunately, you may not bring your PIMW to Family Pet for disposal, as our licensing restricts us to disposal of only the waste generated in our own facility.

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