Sharps and Needles

Community Sharps and Needles

Community sharps are needles, syringes and lancets that are used to administer medications and drugs outside a clinical setting. Sharps need to be disposed of safely to prevent needlestick injury in public places, at home and for workers who remove waste or clean facilities.

Whether or not  a community sharp is used for medication or drug use, sharps are to be treated as clinical waste, like they would be in a hospital.

Community sharps disposal bins are available in various locations to encourage sharps waste to be managed separately from general waste.

Community sharps disposal bin locations

  • Corner of Pitt Lane and Riverview Street, North Richmond
  • Woodlands carpark, Richmond (at rear of RG McGees)
  • Community Health Centre, Hawkesbury District Health Service, Windsor.

For when you find needles in a public place

NSW Health needle clean up hotline

1800 633 353 (Monday - Friday 9am – 4pm)

For after-hours assistance, please contact

Hawkesbury City Council

02 4560 4444 (option 3)

Environmental Issues

Because of the high risk of injury to workers and other community members, sharps should always be kept secure and separate from other wastes.

Disposal Method

  • Hawkesbury Community Health Centre – Enter via Day Street, Windsor. Community Sharps disposal bin open 24 hours
  • Visit Safe Sharps

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