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A safe way to dispose of used needles

Carl has expanded its needle disposal sites at clinics throughout the community in an effort to keep needles out of landfills and prevent accidental sticks. (WCCU)

Carle Hospital has expanded its needle disposal sites at clinics throughout the community in an effort to keep needles out of landfills and prevent accidental sticks.

Mike Molloy works as a facility safety specialist at Carle.

He said tossing needles in the trash presents a health hazard for others.

"The people that work at the landfills are at risk,” Molloy said. “Anyone that handles the waste is at risk. Needles can go through just about any kind of material."

Molloy said even an accidental stick with a used needle could hurt in more ways than one.

"You could get an infection,” Molloy said. “There are many types of diseases that can be transferred through a needle."

A safe way to dispose of needles is by taking them to a sharps disposal site—a secure container that is emptied by medical waste professionals.

"It's not a cheap method but it's a safe method,” Molloy said. “We like to have our people in the community do the safest thing."

The sharp disposal units at Carle facilities are open to the public and free to use.

Pharmacies offer another solution when it comes to disposing used needles.

Complete Care Pharmacy in Champaign gives out personal sharps containers to its customers.

People can drop off unlimited numbers of sharps at these Carle locations.

• Carle Foundation Hospital

• South Clinic

• Champaign on Curtis

• Urbana on Windsor

• Danville on Fairchild

• Danville on Vermilion

• Carle Ambulatory Surgery Center

• Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center

• Watseka

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