Safe Handling and Disposal of Needles and Syringes

Needles and Syringes Found in the Community

If you find needles/syringes in the community check out theI Found a Needle. Now What?” resource for safe handling and disposal methods. 

*Individuals are responsible for disposal of needles/syringes found on their private property. Property management of an apartment building/commercial building is responsible for picking up and disposing of discarded needles/syringes found on the property.

Additional Information

  • Find a community disposal bin
  • Most pharmacies will provide free sharps containers and disposal of used needles or syringes for their customers. Contact the pharmacy of your choice and ask about their services, or check out the Health Products Stewardships Association to find a local pharmacy that takes back needles/syringes used for medical reasons.
  • For household disposal – needles can be dropped off on Household Hazardous Waste Day in rigid puncture proof containers. For more information about Household Hazardous Waste Day contact the Municipality of Chatham-Kent at (519) 360-1998, or click here.
  • Businesses and Health Care Providers must obtain proper sharps disposal containers and arrange for a contract for disposal from a biomedical waste disposal company.