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The Sharps Disposal program is now under the jurisdiction of the Lake County Health Department. Residents who require needle disposal containers may contact the Lake County Health Department for assistance at 352-589-6424, x2264 or click here for the Sharps Disposal program website.


For immediate release - December 9, 2005

Lake County introduces new program to assist residents with safe disposal of medical needles

TAVARES — Beginning Jan. 1, residents of Lake County can visit any staffed Lake County fire station to pick up a free Voyager container that allows for the safe disposal of biohazardous medical waste, such as syringes with attached needles and disposable lancets.

The Lake County Department of Public Safety with the cooperation of the Lake County Department of Environmental Services and Leesburg Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is introducing the Sharps Disposal Program. According to LRMC, Sharps are just one category of biohazardous waste, which includes needles, scalpel blades, glass and pipettes that are used or contaminated with body fluids.

Public Safety recently purchased 500 of the Voyager containers and is in the process of distributing them to 14 fire stations across the County. The containers are easy for residents to use and prevent the potential of Sharps puncturing or lacerating waste management workers or others handling household trash.

By placing a syringe in the container and twisting the top, the Voyager safely disposes of the used needle and a small portion of the syringe. The process destroys the disposable syringe preventing any possible reuse or needle-stick injuries.

A container can hold more than 120 individual 1cc insulin syringe needles and accepts most lancets, and functions with all brands of insulin syringes. Unlike most containers that require special disposal, the Voyager container is safe to throw away with household trash.

Residents who cannot afford to purchase Sharps disposal containers at local pharmacies are encouraged to participate in the Lake County Sharps Disposal Program. For more information about the program, call Jack Fillman, Lake County Fire Rescue Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Education, at (352) 343-9458.


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SHARPS Disposal Program Brochure

MEDIA ADVISORY: Interested media representatives can learn more about the Sharps Disposal Program during a demonstration of the Voyager container’s capabilities on Monday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at Lake County Fire Station No. 109, located at 11630 Lakeshore Drive, Clermont. For more information or directions to the demonstration, call Chris Patton at (352) 343-9606 or (352) 455-0445.

Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Public Information Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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