Improper disposal of syringes and other sharps poses a health hazard to both the community and sanitation workers.
Contact the Waste Info-line at 905-356-4141 or 1-800-594-5542 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 or sealable container to the location of the syringe / sharp
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 container
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.