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Disposing of Test Strips

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by emptyplate, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. emptyplate

    emptyplate Other · Well-Known Member

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    #1 emptyplate, Mar 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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  2. scottish-jim

    scottish-jim Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I put mine in the rubbish bin.

    I did ask my diabetes nurse and she said it was ok.
     
  3. stoney

    stoney Parent · Well-Known Member

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    My Son keeps them in the little pocket in his bg monitor pouch when in school or out and disposes of them in our rubbish bin when at home .
     
  4. izzzi

    izzzi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    HI,

    You have made a very good point.
    I would put them in a empty container type capsule that they came in then dispose at home.

    Got to take care with needles etc; especially where children are around.

    Roy, :)
     
  5. iHs

    iHs · Well-Known Member

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    At work, just bring used teststrips home with you and get rid of them in the rubbish bin. Disposing of them at work might cause someone to object to it so best not to cause any agro and bring them home..
     
  6. MCMLXXIII

    MCMLXXIII Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Burn them:evil::evil::evil:

    (I do really)
     
  7. Finzi

    Finzi · Well-Known Member

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    I put them in the bin. Lancets I put in a sealed container and put that in the bin. I use Unistix, though, in which the needle completely retracts (I even rubbed a used one across my cheek the other day, just to be sure). If they were actual needles I would probably make sure I had a sharps bin. I don't have a blood borne disease, but that isn't really the point - it's the distress caused to the bin man from a sharps injury and not knowing whether or not it was contaminated. But test strips are not a risk and I draw the line at making any special arrangements for them (having said that, they generally end up in the bottom of my handbag, and get dumped every few days!)


    Type 2 on Metformin, diagnosed Jan 2013, ultra low carber, Hba1C at diagnosis 8% (11mmol), now between 5 and 6 mmol. 13kg lost so far :)
     
  8. Cointreau

    Cointreau Type 1 · Member

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    I use an old container to store used strips and dispose of them with my needles in the yellow bins from the doctor or hospital - I give them back when they are full to be incinerated. No danger to anyone.
     
  9. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    If I'm out, I put them in an empty test strip container. When home, I just put them in the sharps box.
     
  10. fractureman

    fractureman · Well-Known Member

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    Normal rubbish bin they pose no health risk to anyone


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  11. Sharon68

    Sharon68 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I bring mine home in a little bag and put them in the sharps bin
     
  12. Viking

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    I have always put them out with the rubbish.
     
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    I wrap mine in a bit of tissue and flush them down the toilet. I usually go to the bathroom to test anyway so it makes sense to me.
     
  14. Andy12345

    Andy12345 Type 2 · Expert

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    the dn put a sharps bin on my prescription i didnt know until i collect it from chemist, i save them in my monitor case then dump them with the lancets, the bin will take me a year to fill i reckon.
     
  15. hanadr

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    T1 husbabnd has sharps box and they go in there. I'm sure they shouldn't go in the bin unless you soak them in bleach first. How about storing them in old cannisters that they come in, soaking overnight and then in the bin
    Hana
     
  16. iHs

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    I have always thrown my used teststrips straight in my rubbish bag and have done so for years.

    When rubbish bags get thrown into refuse vehicles literally everything is shredded into smithereens. Those cutters at the back of the vehicles are remarkable.
     
  17. Viking

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    Mine have always gone out with the rubbish.
     
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    Strips and lancets are biohazardous but why is it ok to throw bandages, (which may also contain infection) and sanitary napkins into ordinary rubbish?

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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    I don't think it is acceptable to throw bandages or sanitary towels into normal household rubbish either ! Each to their own. I get rid of mine in sharps bin. If I'm out I use old test strip container.


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  20. MCMLXXIII

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    Don't go to Greece then whatever you do. All goes in a bin.

    @myroomsadisco
     
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