Brampton, ON (February 21, 2017) – The Region of Peel would like to remind residents who generate household medical waste and sharps that they need to properly dispose of them. Plastics that have been used for household medical waste cannot go in recycling. They must be double-bagged and placed in the garbage.
"The Region of Peel has seen a spike in the amount of this type of waste that is being placed in recycling since we introduced our carts," says Erwin Pascual, the Region's Manager of Waste Program Planning. "If you're not sure how to dispose of an item, visit peelregion.ca/waste and use our 'how to sort your waste' tool."
Household medical waste (other than sharps) includes dialysis tubing, filters, disposable towels and sheets, colostomy bags, IV bags and tubing, gastric and nasal tubes, and soiled dressings and incontinence products. They must be double-bagged and placed in the garbage.
Residents who use sharps (needles, syringes and lancets) should obtain a free biohazard container from one of the Region's six Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) so that they can:
- place their sharps in it,
- return the biohazard container filled with the sharps to a CRC for free disposal, and
- get a free replacement biohazard container.
Please note: the sharps should not be placed in any other container or cart.
Residents can also visit pharmacies participating in the Ontario Sharps Collection Program for a similar biohazard container service. (Check: healthsteward.ca/returns/Ontario)
If residents have more household medical waste than will fit in their garbage, they should contact the Region at 905-791-9499 or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-584-2216 toll-free in Caledon to inquire about how to be added to the Region's medical waste exemption list.
The Region of Peel provides waste management services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and in the Town of Caledon. For more information on its programs – and for maps and locations of the Region's CRCs – please visit peelregion.ca/waste.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 143,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.