Improper disposal of syringes and other sharps poses a health hazard to both the community and sanitation workers.
Contact the Waste-Info Line if you find a syringe/sharp on public property (e.g. a municipal road or park).
Remove the syringe/sharp on private property by following these steps:
Bring a sharps container to the location of the syringe/sharp and ensure the top is open
Carefully pick up the syringe/sharp using a retrieval tool such as tongs or pliers
* Always keep the needle pointed downwards and away from the body to avoid any contact with the needle
Deposit the syringe/sharp into the disposal container needle end first
Close the sharps container securely
Place all syringes and sharps in a sealed, puncture-proof container
Contact your local pharmacy to see if they offer free sharps containers or disposal, if not
Bring the puncture-proof container to a:
Take medications to a household hazardous waste depot or a local pharmacy for proper disposal, free of charge.
Do not put in the garbage, recycling boxes or pour down the drain.
If not disposed of properly, it can be harmful to people, animals and the environment.