Sharps and Syringe Disposal

Sharp syringe hazard in public

Collection of Discarded Syringes

We maintain permanently fixed sharps containers at public toilets throughout the municipality to promote the safe disposal of used needles.

We have arrangements in place to collect and dispose of syringes found in public areas. If you notice a discarded syringe call 1300 367 700 during office hours or 0408 512 953 after office hours.

Give the exact address of where the syringe is, and describe nearby landmarks such as a phone box, public toilets, etc. You should also leave your contact details in case we need further details .

Handling Syringes

We recommend that used syringes are handled by professionals only. However, if you must handle one, please follow these instructions.

  • If you can, use tongs or protect your hand with a heavy duty glove or cloth
  • Never touch the sharp end of the needle, only pick up the syringe by the barrel end
  • Do not try to replace the cap on the needle
  • Put the needle and syringe in a screw top, puncture proof, plastic container and seal it
  • Dispose of the sealed needle and syringe container at any of Council's Service Centres in Moe, Morwell or Traralgon during office hours
  • Tell children never to pick up needles or syringes, but to call an adult
  • Do not put needles and syringes down toilets and drains

If you are a user of needles/syringes please remember:

  • Never share syringes
  • Never reuse syringes
  • DO NOT break the needle off the syringe
  • Dispose of injecting equipment responsibly

Needle and Syringe Programs

Local needle and syringe programs are coordinated by the following organisations:

There are large capacity bright orange disposal bins located outside the entrance of each of the Latrobe Community Health Offices at:

  • 42-44 Fowler Street Moe
  • 81-85 Buckley Street Morwell
  • 7-9 Seymour Street Traralgon

These disposal bins are accessible at all times and are capable of taking large capacity "needle and syringe" disposal containers.

Latrobe Community Health Services employs Regional Mobile Drug Safety Workers who are available for assistance, education and advice on any drug related issues. They can be contacted on the above telephone numbers during office hours.

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