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Syringes and needles

Knox City Council offers a syringe container collection and disposal service to all residents within the municipality. You can pick up sharps containers from our customer service counter.

Containers range in size from 125ml to 5ltr.

Sharps disposal

Don't throw away sharps containers with general or recyclable rubbish, or green waste. Council accepts residents' full sharps containers for appropriate disposal.

Additional containers can be collected from our Customer Service area.

Council aren't licensed for providing a commercial collection for sharps containers.

The commercial organisation that produced the waste must use licensed contractors to dispose of their waste. They are also responsible for making sure the disposal facility is licensed to treat the waste.

Call the 24-hour disposals hotline on 1800 552 355 to find out more.

For more information on sharps disposal generated from commercial use, visit the Environmental Protection Agency.

Discarded syringes and needles

Council's Health Services team collects used syringes found on Knox public land.

If you find a used syringe, call Knox Council's Health Services on 9298 8000 between 8.30am –5pm. We will collect it.

If you find a syringe outside business hours causing a direct and immediate health threat, call 9298 8000.

If Council doesn't class it as a direct and immediate health risk, we'll contact the Health Services Unit the next business day.

If you find a syringe outside normal business hours, you can also call the 24-hour disposal helpline on 1800 552 355.

If you think you can collect the syringe yourself, follow these instructions on how to do it safely.

Victorian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP)

The Victorian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is a major public health initiative.

It helps to reduce blood-borne viruses HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C from spreading among injecting drug users and the community.

Check out the Department of Health and Humans Services' list of NSP providers in Victoria.

Or call the Disposal Helpline on 1800 552 355 anytime, day or night.

They can give you more information about the NSP or the safe collection and disposal of needles and syringes.

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Health Services team on 9298 8000.

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