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Table 1 Primary and secondary sharps disposal methods within households

From: Practices related to sharps disposal among diabetic patients in Sri Lanka

Primary disposal method Frequency (n = 158) Secondary disposal method Frequency
Number Percent % Number Percent %
Recap and dispose to the common household garbage bin 66 41.7 Home garbage pit/fire 23 14.6
Disposed into the Garbage lorry of the local Municipal Council (MC) 43 27.2
Sharps container 9 5.7 Home garbage pit/fire 8 5.1
Disposed in common garbage bin and then into garbage lorry of the MC 1 0.6
Toilet pit 8 5.1 N/A   
Paper bag 16 10.1 Common garbage dump of the area 14 8.9
Common garbage bin and into MC garbage lorry 2 1.2
Burn (fire) 32 20.2 N/A   
Indiscriminate (loosely or no specific place) 11 6.7 N/A   
Collected since beginning in plastic bags without disposal 15 9.5 N/A   
Old well 1 0.6 N/A