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Syringes and Needles

Sharps container

Syringe Containers

Council operates a sharps container service. Containers can be dropped off at our Customer Service counter and exchanged for a new one during office hours.

Sharps containers SHOULD NOT be discarded with general or recyclable waste.

Full containers can be dropped off at any participating Needle and Syringe Program Pharmacies. A list of all participating locations can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Needle and Syringe Program Web Site.

The service is free and residents are able to exchange their full sharps containers for new ones at three (3) locations within Knox, being:

  • Bayswater Direct Chemist Outlet - Shop 13 Mountain Highway Shopping Centre, BAYSWATER VIC 3153
  • Studfield Pharmacy - 203 Stud Road, WANTIRNA SOUTH VIC 3152
  • Hawkes Pharmacy - Shop 10 Ferntree Gully Plaza, UPPER FERNTREE GULLY VIC 3156

Council cannot provide a commercial collection for sharps containers as we are not licensed to do so. It is the responsibility of the generator of the waste to use licensed contractors for collecting and transporting the waste as well as verifying the relevant disposal facility is licensed to treat the waste.

For further information on sharps disposal generated from commercial use, please visit the EPA web page on Clinical and related waste – operational guidance.

Discarded Syringes and Needles

Knox City Council's Health Services team provides a collection service for discarded used syringes found on public land within the Knox municipality. If you have found a used syringe you have several options:

  • You can contact Knox Council's Health Services during opening hours on 9298 8000 and we will arrange for collection.
  • If you believe syringes could cause a direct and immediate health threat you can contact Knox Council's after hours collection service on 9298 8000. If a direct and immediate health risk is not determined then the Health Services Unit will be notified the next business day.
  • If outside of normal opening hours you can also contact the 24 hour disposal help line on 1800 552 355.
  • If you are confident enough to collect the syringes yourself you can download instructions below on how to do this safely and where you can dispose of them.

For more information

Please contact our Health Services team on 9298 8000 or email health.services@knox.vic.gov.au.

Victorian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP)

'The Victorian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is a major public health initiative to minimise the spread of blood borne viruses HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C among injecting drug users and to the wider community.'

For more information about the Victorian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) or for information on the safe retrieval and disposal of needles and syringes including contact details of NSP providers in Victoria visit the Victorian Department of Health website to download an information brochure or call the Disposal Help-Line on 1800 552 355 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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