The handling and disposal of needles and sharps is fast becoming a major problem in Australia. All needles and sharps found in public places must be handled with extreme care, injury can result in infection. The following steps are a must:
1. use heavy duty gloves and a pair of tongs
2. gloves and tongs must be rinsed after use
3. syringes should be disposed of in an approved "Sharps" container
All Sharps/Needles in a hard, sealed container must be taken to Eastern Health Authority, council will not accept them. This service is provided free of charge.
For more information about the full range of services available, visit the Eastern Health Authority website