Rockwall residents can now dispose of unwanted prescription and over the counter drugs at any time — day or night. A collection unit for unwanted or unused prescription drugs was installed outside the entrance to the Rockwall Police Department Communication Center, located at 205 West Rusk Street. It is accessible to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
WHAT TO DO WITH USED SHARPS IN TEXAS
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) defines medical waste as treated and untreated special waste from health care-related facilities that is comprised of animal waste, bulk blood, bulk human blood, bulk human body fluids, microbiological waste, pathological waste, and sharps, as well as “regulated medical waste”. Generally speaking this will include any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of humans and animals. This definition includes, but is not limited to:
- Sharps, such as needles
- Laboratory waste
- Contaminated disposal material
- Used equipment and instruments
- Dialysis tubing and filters
- Blood, blood products and bodily fluids
- Removed body organs
- Trace-contaminated chemotherapy waste
- Empty drug vials
- Spill kits, IV catheters, tubing and bags
Any hazardous waste that is contaminated by blood, feces and other bodily fluids, as well as materials that may be considered potentially harmful, is considered infectious waste. A common misunderstanding is the assumption that any medical product that comes into contact with bodily fluids or any infectious materials is automatically considered medical waste. By OSHA definitions however, items with trace levels of contamination can be placed in the normal garbage.
For more information, go to the TCEQ website.