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Facilities Closed

Knox City Council has closed many of its public facilities to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the community. This includes the Civic Centre Customer Service Counter. More information

Syringes and Needles

Sharps container

Syringe Containers

Our syringe container collection and disposal service is operating a limited service. We will deliver new containers to your home while our customer service counter is closed. To reduce the risk of infection of COVID-19, we will not collect full containers. Please store your full containers in a safe place for disposal at a later date. Containers range in size from 125ml to 5 litres.

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

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

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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