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 Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation sponsors seasonal household hazardous waste collection events that accept properly contained sharps from Tennessee residents.
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Chapter 0400-11-01-.04(2)(k)4 of the Rules of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Solid Waste Management states “Sharps must be securely packaged in puncture-proof containers prior to land-filling.”
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has issued the following guidelines for household-generated sharps: Needles and sharps should be placed inside a sturdy plastic container with a screw on lid (such as a laundry detergent or fabric softener bottle) and disposed of in your regular garbage.