Are Acupuncture Needles Reused?
In westernised countries including the UK, it is illegal to reuse any type of needle including an acupuncture pin. Acupuncture needles are relatively cheap to buy, so there is no value in reusing them.
In China, acupuncture needles are autoclaved much like surgical instruments to kill off any germs and are then reused.
I never reuse any of my acupuncture needles. They are used only once and then put into a sharps box for incineration.
The acupuncture needles I use are made from surgical steel with a plastic handle. They cannot be recycled.