I'm new to this site but am really excited to be able to discuss issues with others living with this disease. I thought when I joined it would be a good place to get and share advice with others.
Today was my first opportunity to do so. I have been keeping my used sharps and pen needles in old detergent containers and similar hard plastic. I have been told by my doctors office that they do not accept them for disposal. That I should tape the lids closed and clearly lable them as diabetic supplies and throw them in the trash. I do not feel comfortable doing this and have been looking for an alternative. I would like to find a place that I can send them to be restored, not put into a landfill. I recycle everything else I can in my life and feel really socially irresponsible doing this. The only other alternatives I have found have been mail in services that want to charge a fortune to send your sharps to them but I cannot afford to do so.
Therefore I am coming to you as for some ideas. Hopefully someone knows of a way to dispose of these supplies in a more socially responsible way that does not cost anything.
Thanks for your ideas.