Disposing of Sharps
Sharps are objects that are intended for cutting or penetrating the skin, such as:
- syringes with needles
- intravenous giving sets
- scalpel blades
How should I handle my sharps?
Generators of sharps should ensure they are stored correctly so that there is no risk of injury to anyone who may come into contact with them.
Here are some basic guidelines:
- Sharps should be stored in a puncture-proof container (a yellow sharps container)
- Sharps containers should be stored in a secure location so children cannot access the container
- Do not recap your needles before placing them into the sharps container
- When the sharps waste container is filled to the level indicated by the manufacturer, seal the lid firmly.
Where can I purchase a sharps container?
Medical sharps containers can be purchased from pharmacies or by contacting the local branch of Diabetes Australia. Sharps containers come in a range of sizes.
How do I dispose of my sharps container?
Medical sharps containers can be brought into the pharmacies listed below for disposal and disposed of free of charge. Alternatively you can visit www.safesharps.org.au., which gives a comprehensive list of all stores or locations in NSW where sharps can be disposed of safely.
Terry White ChemistCentro Lavington
Ph: 6025 4733
Fifield's PharmacyCnr Dean & Townsend Streets
Ph: 6021 3255
Terry White Chemist543 Dean Street
Ph: 6021 2714
Mayo's Northend Pharmacy3/330 Urana Road
Ph: 6040 2204
Soul Pattinson ChemistThurgoona Plaza
Ph: 6043 1444
Chemist Warehouse483 Olive Street
Ph: 6022 4088
Chemist WarehouseShops 3-5
338 Kaitlers Road Springdale Heights 2641
Ph: 6025 3007