Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
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Painesville, OH 44077

Infectious Waste

Infectious Waste

The Health District serves as an Ohio EPA approved enforcement authority charged with regulating infectious waste activities in Lake County.  The Health District inspects large generators of infectious waste, responds to infectious waste nuisance complaints, and inspects infectious waste treatment facilities in Lake County.  Infectious waste includes cultures of infectious agents, live vaccines, laboratory wastes that may have been in contact with infectious agents, pathological wastes, human and animal blood specimens, items heavily soiled with blood and sharps. Sharps are the needles, scalpels, and broken glass articles used in the treatment, diagnosis or inoculation of human beings or animals.  Facilities generating more than 50 pounds of infectious waste are large generators and can access infectious waste transporter information at Ohio EPA.

Disposing of household sharps

Disposing of loose needles and syringes into your household waste can pose a risk to family members and solid waste workers who must handle the waste.  Ohio law allows the disposal into regular household waste of “sharps” used by an individual for purposes or his/her own care or treatment in their home such as the needles and syringes used for treating diabetes.  It is strongly recommended that homeowners package the sharps by a method that minimizes the potential for injury from contact with the needles.  Homeowners should place needles and syringes in a puncture resistant container with a tight fitting lid such as plastic detergent bottles, bleach bottles, plastic juice containers or coffee cans with the lid taped on tightly. Glass containers are not recommended because they are breakable.  Once the container is relatively full the lid should be placed tightly on the container and it should be placed in with the household trash.