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Reusable Sharps Containers

Reusable Sharps Containers: Program Expansion at Medical Center Campus

Beginning the week of October 5, 2009, new, reusable containers will start replacing the current models.  One single reusable container will replace 500 single-use containers, limiting the amount of plastic in the Regulated Medical Waste stream.

Though the containers will have a slightly different look, pick-up and replacement service will be unaffected by the transition to the new containers.  Containers will be picked up, emptied and sanitized before reuse. 

Labs should prepare their sharps containers for pick up on Monday and Thursday mornings: all containers should be left outside of the lab on Monday and Thursday mornings between 9 and 11 am.  Labs should continue to prepare and handle red-bagged Regulated Medical Waste and any remaining “old” sharps containers in accordance with current procedures.

Please ensure all containers are at least ¾’s full before placing outside the lab for pick-up.

Contact EH&S’s CUMC office at 305-6780 with any questions.