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December is International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness month — Waukesha County reminded residents that improperly disposing of medical sharps poses a public health risk along with the potential to injure collection and recycling facility workers, as stated in a news release.

It is illegal to put sharps in the trash or with recyclables.

Safe sharps disposal options include: contacting a pharmacy, doctor, clinic or local hospital (many health care facilities accept sharps but are not legally required to register, and therefore, may not appear on the list of registered sharps collection stations); taking sharps to a registered collection station; and using a "mail-back" sharps program, which can be found by searching the internet.

To find a sharps collection site in Waukesha County, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, and click on Product Disposal under Information, then go to the Medical drop-down menu.

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