Sometimes, inappropriately discarded needles and syringes are found in the community and have the potential to transmit infections. 

If you discover a discarded used needle or syringe, please contact Customer Service on 9311 8111 or email Your request will be allocated to an Environmental Health Officer or Waste Services for follow-up.

You can also collect the syringe yourself, using caution, by doing the following:

  • wear gloves.
  • use a rigid clear container with a lid (such as a milk bottle).
  • pick up the used needle by the blunt end away from the point.
  • never attempt to replace the cap on the needle.
  • put the needle point first, into the container.
  • seal the container tightly and secure the lid.
  • place the sealed container in a domestic green lid bin.