Safe needle disposal
How to safely dispose of needles (syringes)
Home and property owners are responsible for picking-up and disposing of needles found on residential or commercial properties. Our Safe Needle Disposal Toolkit will provide you with all of the information required to safely pick-up and dispose of needles.
If you see a discarded needle, you can safely pick it up by following these steps:
- Wear disposable gloves and closed-toe shoes.
- Find a hard, non-breakable, container that needles cannot poke through with a screw-on or tight fitting lid (examples: a pop bottle, a bleach bottle).
- Put the container on a stable surface next to the needle.
- Do not hold the container in your hand when placing the needle inside.
- Use tongs or pliers to pick up the needle by the plastic end (not the sharp end) with the needle pointing away from your body.
- Place the needle, sharp end first, into your container. Do not force the needle into the container.
- Tightly seal the lid (use duct tape if you have it).
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after removing the gloves.
- Label your container as “sharps” and store it far out of reach of children.
- Take your container to a safe needle disposal location.
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts, 10 Elm Street, Unit 130 (in the Rainbow Centre)
- Toxic Taxi (for pick up at your location), call 705.560.9019
For more information
If you are not comfortable picking up the needle and need more information, you can call:
- The Point (harm reduction supplies and services) at 705.522.9200, ext. 778.
- The City of Greater Sudbury by dialing 3-1-1 (if found on public property).
Take It Back – Ontario Sharps Collection program
Some pharmacies are part of the “Take It Back” Ontario Sharps Collection program and might provide you with a sharps container free of charge. Search www.healthsteward.ca/returns/ontario for a list of participating pharmacies for your area.
This item was last modified on February 23, 2018