Many people rely on using needles and syringes to maintain their own health or that of a family member. Injecting equipment is also used by people who inject drugs and for animal healthcare by pet and livestock owners.
Council provides bins for the safe disposal of community sharps including needles, syringes, lancets (finger prickers) and similar equipment.
Community sharps should always be kept separate from other wastes, because of the possible risk of injury to workers. They should never be disposed of:
x in household waste or recycling bins (plastic syringes are NOT recyclable)
x in public litter bins
x by flushing down toilets or drains
x by discarding into the environment.
FREE Council community sharps disposal bins are available at:
- Watonga Shops - Cnr. Watonga Street and Anderson Street
- Council Main Office, rear of building – Lord Street
- Port Macquarie Waste Transfer Station – 70 Kingfisher Road
- Corner of car park - Bransdon Street
- Wauchope Waste Transfer Station – 31-33 Commerce Street
- Cnr. Of Bonser Lane and Laurie Street
- Kew Waste Transfer Station – 95 Herons Creek Road
FREE Local Health District Community Sharps bins are available at:
- Community Health – 31 Morton Street
- Base Hospital – Wrights Road (lower level near Outpatients Department)
- Wauchope Community Health Centre - 69 High Street (near entrance)
If you find a syringe in a public place, call the Needle Clean Up Hotline on 1800 633 353 or contact Port Macquarie-Hastings Council on 6581 8111.
This page was last updated on: 17 June 2019