Safe disposal of needles & syringes

Although the risk of contracting diseases through injuring yourself with a discarded needle is extremely low, it is important that appropriate care is taken when handling and disposing of them.

What do I do if I find a discarded needle or syringe?

  1. If unsure, do not touch the sharp. Contact our Environmental Health team during business hours for advice on 03 6217 9570.
  2. If found on public land call us for collection between 8.00am – 5.00pm or call Tasmania Police radio room on 131 444 for out of hours.
  3. If found on private property, it is the responsibility of the owner to dispose of the sharps in the appropriate manner, which may mean contacting a commercial operator at their own expense.
  4. If bags of garbage that may contain sharps are found on private property do not attempt to sort the garbage from the sharps, contact us or a commercial contractor at your own expense.

* Tell children never to pick up a needle and to tell an adult.