10-08-2011 09:20 PM
Over the years, I have accumulated a collection of blood glucose meters. Does anyone know how I should dispose of them? My pharmacy told me to throw them in the garbage but I just don't feel right doing that. I am from Canada and I can't seem to find any recycling facilities that will take them. Thanks for the help.
10-08-2011 09:51 PM
Julie in Delta,
Not being in Canada, I've no idea how things work there. However, my town has recently started a one or two days a year, recycling event, for all electronics and related objects. You could call the mfg. of the meters, and ask them how to dispose of the meters.
10-09-2011 06:39 PM
10-10-2011 07:56 AM
I'm not the OP, but on the difficulty simply trashing old meters:
My first meter cost a couple hundred bucks out of my dad's pocket. My next meter cost a couple hundred bucks out of MY pocket, when I was in college. This was 30 years ago when a couple hundred bucks would buy a working used car.
Today's throw-away world is hard to get used to sometimes. I intellectually agree that yeah, meters are cheap (or sometimes free) these days. But in my head they are so important that somehow they should not be mentally disposed of all that easy. Even though they are way tinier than my first meter (which was about the size of a shoebox! The second was closer to a hardback book.)
10-10-2011 09:57 AM
I agree with checking with the town. But you may want to ask the question about old portable radios... The person you ask my understand that, better than a glucose meter... You need to recycle a small electronic item.. all they can probably handle
10-10-2011 06:36 PM
Thanks everyone for the info. I hate to throw them in the garbage because they are still usable, just not compatable with my pump, and they are just one more thing that pollute our environment and should be disposed of in the most green way possible. Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
10-11-2011 08:24 AM
Understnad your feelings. But considering the blood contact, i don't think you are going to find many places that will recycle them and actually give them to another diabetic. Considering you can get them for free pretty easily, I don't think I would want a strangers old meter.
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