How to Dispose of Medical Waste #withcaptions

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , /

Hi! I thought I would do a quick tutorial
on disposing of medical waste. I get asked this question a lot, and um…I just had a
brain fog moment (laughs). Real life with fibro. Anyway, I get asked this question a
lot. Some types of medical waste are recyclable and some aren’t. So I thought I’d walk you
through the types of medical waste I produce on a regular basis, and what to do with them. First thing I’m going to say is that syringes
and test trips and any of those things that come into contact with blood, and catheters
and anything that comes into contact with urine need to be disposed of in a biohazard
container. I don’t use any of those things, but I know a lot of people do. A doctor can
tell you how to dispose of those. You will probably need to put them in a biohazard container. So, one type of medical waste I produce is
inhalers. I go through one of these a month. This is my maintenance inhaler. You’ll want
to find out what types of plastic your city recycles. Mine recycles types 1 through 5.
Inhalers are type–let’s see here–(sigh) where is it? I am not finding it. Okay, type
5. An inhaler is actually two pieces. You pull the top off and it’s actually a plastic
casing and a canister. The casing is the part that can be recycled in some cities. The canister,
unfortunately, is aerosol and you’ll need to throw that out. So next up is over-the-counter plastic bottles.
This is type 2, and these can be put in the recycling bin all together, so the top and
the bottle can go in the recycling. Just put the top on and throw it in the recycling when
you finish the pills and you’re good to go! Orange prescription bottles. These can also
be recycled in a lot of cities. This is type 5. It might vary depending on the actual bottle,
but the one I’m holding is type 5. And there’s a few things you can do with these. You can
recycle it, or you can use it for other purpose. I actually held onto this one and re-labeled
it for my turmeric supplements. You can re-use them for craft supplies, or donate them. There
are a few different organizations that send old prescription bottles to developing countries
so people can store their medicines safely. The glass bottles that some supplements come
in. Same as plastic supplement bottles. Put the lid on put the whole thing in the recycling. Compacts, like birth control and other pills
like that. The compact itself is type 5. And what you’ll want to do is take the blister
pack out. And this will have to go in the trash, but this can go in the recycling. You’ll
just want to rip off or black out any sensitive information on the label. That’s it! Thanks
for watching, and I’ll see you next time!

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