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Medical sharps

Please note: This information is for residents who need to dispose of used medical sharps. If you find a discarded syringe on public land, please check our guidance on reporting these items.

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, or alternatively, taken to a pharmacy that provides a needle exchange service.

If this isn't possible, please contact the Dorset Waste Partnership directly via e-mailor 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.

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