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:
- Find a hard, non-breakable container that needles cannot poke through with a screw-on or tight fitting lid (examples, rigid detergent bottle, bleach bottle).
- Do not use glass containers as they can easily break.
- Do not use light plastic containers or a milk carton as the needles could poke through.
- Some pharmacies are part of the “Take It Back” Ontario Sharps Collection program and may provide a sharps container free-of-charge.
- Put the container on a stable surface next to the sharp.
- 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 sharps container.
- Tightly seal the lid (use duct tape if you have it).
- Label your container as “sharps” and store it far out of reach of children.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Take your container to a safe needle disposal location:
Outdoor bio-hazard disposal bins
Public Health Sudbury & Districts
Rainbow Centre, 10 Elm Street, Unit 130
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Call 705.560.9019 for pick up
Household Hazardous Waste Depot
183 Frobisher Street, Sudbury
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).
This item was last modified on October 2, 2019