How to Manage Medical Waste from the Home
Unused Medicines can be disposed of in your regular garbage. The Food and Drug Administration sets forth specific guidelines to ensure the safe disposal of unused medicines.
Please visit their web page for recommendations on how to keep people, animals and the environment safe:
Medical supplies used in the home (such as bandages, or disposable syringes) can be placed in your regular garbage.
Residents using disposable syringes should place all parts in an enclosed container (such as an empty detergent bottle), tape it shut and label it "sharps" and place it in your regular garbage bag. Disposable syringes are not recyclable. Do not place the syringes or the container of syringes in the recycling bin. If you are undergoing or recently completed a medical procedure involving the use of radioactive isotopes, and you are disposing of personal care items that may contain body fluids, please manage that material by following the directions provided to you by your medical practitioner.
For questions about disposing of other in-home medical products, call the Authority at 717-845-1066.
Medical Waste generated at non-residential facilities is not accepted at the Resource Recovery Center (RRC). This medical waste (from hospitals, doctor's offices, etc.) is managed at licensed medical waste facilities located outside of York County.
Reason not accepted at RRC
The RRC is not permitted to accept medical waste (except for medical supplies used in the home which are considered to be household waste).
Non-residential medical waste generators can contact the Authority for more information.
York County Resource Recovery Center