Medical sharps include syringes ("needles") used by Dorset residents for administering prescribed medication for various conditions.
Residents with medical sharps should ensure they are kept in a sealed sharps box. The box can then be returned to GP’s surgeries for safe disposal.
Drug related sharps should be taken to a pharmacy that provides a needle exchange service. A list of needle exchange pharmacies can be found on Public Health Dorset’s locations of service delivery page. Please use the drop-down menus to select your postal town to filter the list to exchanges near you.
If you cannot get your sharps to a surgery or needle exchange, please contact the Dorset Council Waste Services directly via e-mail or by calling 01305 221040 to discuss your options.
You shouldn't put used needles or other sharps:
- in your household waste, recycling bin or any other general rubbish bin
- in a container that's no longer needed, such as a drinks can or bottle
Needles can cause injuries. Used needles can carry blood-borne viruses that may be passed on to other people.