Sharps are objects that are intended for cutting or penetrating the skin, such as:
- syringes with needles
- intravenous giving sets
- scalpel blades
What can I do with my sharps?
Many people rely on needles, lancets or syringes to manage medical conditions and to maintain their own health or that of a family member, sharps equipment is also often used for pet and livestock health.
Correct methods of disposal should be followed for health and safety reasons, the correct disposal of this waste type is obviously very important.
Sharps must never be placed into any kerbside recycling, garbage or food and garden organics (FOGO) bins. Medical sharps containers can be purchased from pharmacies and disposed of at sited listed below for disposal, free of charge.
Sharps are hazardous to both workers and the public if they make their way into landfills or recycling centres.
NSW Health can assist with Community sharps disposal and users find the most convenient location to dispose of their sharps safely.
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 Australian Standard sharps 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 that come in a range of sizes can be purchased from pharmacies or by contacting the local branch of Diabetes Australia.
Regional Sharps Disposal Locations
Wellington Street Bombala
Delegate MultiPurpose Service
15 Craigie Street, Delegate
2A Bent Street, Cooma
Jindabyne Health One building – downstairs carpark
Thredbo Terrace, Jindabyne