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Be Careful with Medical Waste

How to get rid of used needles and bandages

(HealthDayNews) -- Every year, Americans throw out more than a billion sharp items like needles that are used in home health care. And add to that piles of bloody bandages and disposable sheets, and you have mountains of medical garbage.

The U.S. Environemntal Protection Agency has some advice for disposing of the items. It recommends that sharp objects be placed in a hard plastic or metal container with the lid reinforced with strong tape.

For bandages and other non-sharp objects, the EPA says to place them in sealed plastic bags, putting them out in the regular trash.

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