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The general public can be at direct risk to injuries from sharps waste as well. If these hazardous materials are not separated from standard waste, individuals can unknowingly come in contact with them. In addition, if sharps waste is not disposed, and removed from the environment, then it can be subject to reuse and misuse (both intentional and unintentional). This is especially applicable in the areas of hypodermic needles and blades. The spread of disease through sharps waste is preventable through proper management and disposal.
Due to this danger, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has guidelines recommending that home users of sharps (diabetic supplies) NOT throw them in the trash. Mail back sharps disposal is one of the EPAâ€™s most recommended methods of sharps disposal.