What Do I Do With...?
Home health-care waste goes in the garbage. Watch our video showing how to dispose of household medical waste.
Always double-bag these home health-care waste items before putting them in your garbage cart or garbage bag for collection:
- colostomy bags
- dialysis waste (e.g. tubing, filters, disposable towels and sheets)
- disposable pads, gowns, gloves, masks and aprons
- gastric and nasal tubs
- IV bags and tubing
- soiled dressing and incontinence products
Never put home health-care waste in your recycling or organics cart.
Excess home health-care waste
If thereís too much health home-care waste to fit in your garbage, you may be eligible for the Regionís medical waste exemption list. Please call the Region of Peelís Waste Line at 905-791-9499 (in Caledon toll-free at 905-584-2216) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask how you can be added to the list.
Sharps: a special category
- injection pens
- prefilled pens
Safe disposal of sharps
Sharps are a special category of home health-care waste. Always place sharps in a biohazard container for safe, free disposal. Never dispose of sharps in your garbage, organics or recycling.
To safely dispose of sharps:
- Pick up a free biohazard container from a Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC)
- Fill the container
- Return the filled container to a CRC for safe, free disposal and pick up a new empty container for free.
The Ontario Sharps Collection Program for local pharmacies also provides a similar service for sharps disposal. Visit the Health Products Stewardship Association Ė Ontario website for more information.
- Video: How to Dispose of Household Medical Waste
- Disposing of needles, prefilled pens, injection pens, auto-injectors
- Disposing of syringes and injectors
- Disposing of lancets
Let Them Loose!
Your recyclables end up in landfill if you tie them in plastic shopping bags.
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