Sharps that retract after use, or are very small, should be disposed of like all other sharps.
If you would like to bring your sealed container to a community sharps disposal program, the RI Resource Recovery Corporation accepts properly prepared home-generated sharps through the Eco-Depot program from Rhode Island residents. You must make an appointment online or by calling RIRRC at 401-942-1430 x241.
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The Rhode Island Department of Health has issued the following guidelines for household-generated sharps: Put sharps into a sharps container immediately after use. (Syringes with attached needles should be disposed of with the needle still attached. Do not try to remove, bend, break, or recap the needle.). If you do not have a sharps container, put items in a puncture-proof plastic container and tape the lid closed. Do not use a glass container. Store the waste container safely away from children. Put the sealed container into the center of a full, preferably dark trash back and throw it out with the regular trash. Never put any type of sharp container in the recycle bin.