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Needles and syringes

Even though incidents are rare, occasionally discarded needles and syringes can be left in public places. Some may be contaminated with infected blood or carrying infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which can lead to AIDS.

If you find a needle or syringe:

  • do not hide it
  • do not kick it down a drain or out of sight
  • do not put it in a dustbin, litterbin or down a toilet

We do not advise moving the needle due to the risk of injury.

Safe disposal of discarded needles and syringes

In play areas, parks, cemeteries and public woodlands, call John O'Conner on 01462 436694.

In all other areas, please contact our Waste Service Contractor by calling 01462 474000 and choosing the waste option.