On July 1st the State of Massachusetts' ban on the disposal of medical sharps and needles in curbside trash went into effect. Prior to the ban, 224 communities in the state either provided disposal sites for the dangerous medical waste or collected them at Household Hazardous Waste Days--but 127 communities still did not.
Medical sharps are a menace for local waste management workers, who are often in danger of occupational injury due to the improperly disposed needles.
Local efforts to properly dispose of the waste between October 2008 and December 2011 accumulated an impressive 12 tons of sharps.
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