Incorrectly Disposed Needle
Find out below what should you do if you find an incorrectly disposed needle or syringe.

Needles and syringes – incorrect disposal

The City of Armadale has disposal boxes located around the City where needles and syringes can be correctly disposed of. Occasionally, these syringes may be incorrectly disposed of and end up in our public spaces and places. Incorrectly disposed syringes have the potential to cause harm to individuals, though the risk of contracting HIV or other infections from an injury caused by a discarded needle is very low. 

If you find a discarded used needle or syringe, please contact the City’s Customer Service team on 08 9394 5000 or email info@armadale.wa.gov.au. Your request will be allocated to the Health Services team and an officer will remove the needle or syringe.

You can also remove the needle or syringe yourself by following the steps below.

1. Remain calm, do not be alarmed.
2. Get a rigid-walled, puncture resistant, clear plastic container with a screw top lid. Avoid using glass, aluminium or frosted plastic containers – these materials can shatter, be squashed or may not be puncture resistant.
3. Place the container on the ground beside the needle. 
4. Using gloves, pick up the needle from the blunt end – do not touch the sharp point.
5. Do not try to re-cap the needle.
6. Put the needle, point first, into the container. Do not hold the container as you place the needle in.
7. Tightly seal the container.
8. Put the container in a domestic rubbish bin (not the recycling or green waste bin).

Needlestick injury

If you or someone you know is injured by a discarded needle or syringe, do not panic.

Follow these steps below.
1. Wash the area gently with soap and running tap water as soon as possible.
2. Apply an antiseptic and a clean dressing.
3. Obtain prompt medical advice from your local doctor or hospital emergency department, preferably within 24 hours.

REROC: Safe Sharps Project

Looking for a sharp disposal unit?

The Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC) Waste Forum currently manages the Safe Sharps Project, which consists of an interactive map that locates sharp disposal units throughout the City of Armadale and other regions. 

safe sharps and reroc waste forum logo

REROC: Safe Sharps Project Interactive Map

access the online interaCtive map

The map is available online and on smart phones, tablets, and apple watches.

For further information, visit https://waste.reroc.com.au/safe-sharps

Page Last Reviewed 4 August 2021