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Disposal of Household PIMW
(Potentially Infectious Medical Waste)

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:

If a person chooses to place PIMW (which, for home animal care purposes, includes used and unused syringes, needles, lancets, and other sharps, alongwith any animal waste) in with their trash, the following guidelines help protect thetrash haulers, landfill workers, and others who may come in contact with thewaste.

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.

Some sharps containers specifically designed for syringe/needle/lancet disposal, which you may purchase from a pharmacy or medical waste disposal company, also include either a mail-in or drop-off return program. Please check with your local pharmacy for details.

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