About the Container

Stony Brook University has chosen to use a specialty sharps container in those buildings on campus where the largest volumes of sharps waste is produced. These buildings are:

  • Center for Molecular Medicine
  • Clinical Science Tower
  • Life Sciences Building
  • Basic Science Tower

These containers are provided to Stony Brook University through Daniels Sharpsmart (Daniels). Daniels was one of the first companies in the world to supply reusable sharps containers and its Sharpsmart system is now the world's most widely used reusable system. The Sharpsmart system was launched in 1999 and is now used in thousands of healthcare and educational/research facilities in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

It is the most widely researched sharps containment system internationally, the only system to have peer-reviewed confirmation of sharps injury reduction in international clinical journals and the only system in which all container models meet the tests required by the European Agreement (AFG) on Transport of Dangerous Goods.

Reusable Sharpsmart containers for sharps waste are the key element of Daniels' service and by reusing containers instead of throwing them out, a significant reduction to overall waste volumes can be made.

In general terms, the use of reusable sharps containers is likely to reduce the volume of plastic in sharps waste by over 25% when compared with disposable sharps container systems and studies conducted with the Sharpsmart system confirm this.

But a complete life cycle assessment of reusable and disposable sharps containers reveals that the overall 'carbon footprint' of a Sharpsmart reusable container can be up to 76% less than that of disposable containers.

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