I have found a used needle or syringe near my home, what should I do?
DIY Used Needle and Syringe Clean Up
If you want to DIY the removal of a used needle and syringe you will need:
- A hard plastic container with a screw top (such as a plastic juice, milk or soft drink bottle).
- A pair of gloves (dishwashing or other disposable gloves) – please note these wont prevent or protect you from a needle stick injury but they will help prevent the transfer of blood and other dirt or debris
- Take the container to the syringe.
- Wear the gloves and keep away from the sharp end of the needle.
- Carefully pick up the syringe by the barrel.
- Do not replace the cap on the needle.
- Needle point first, put the syringe in to the container and seal it tightly.
- Ring the Needle Clean Up Hotline or local council in your area to arrange for the container to be collected.
- Alternatively, you can put the container with the needle and syringe inside in to a syringe disposal bin if one is nearby.
There are some really important warnings to keep in mind when dealing with used needles or syringes:
- Do not put needles and syringes down toilets or drains as they will end up in the waterways or on beaches.
- Do not put needles and syringes in household waste or recycling bins.
- Tell children not to touch or pick up needles and syringes and to always call an adult for help.
If you can’t or don’t want to wait for Council or other assistance Jim’s Hazmat Removal teams are available to assist on short notice.
Click here to contact Jim’s Hazmat today about used needle and syringe removal (select BioHazard Recovery as the service you need).