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Medical sharps

If you find a used syringe on public land, please report it immediately.

Medical sharps include syringes, needles and lancets (from finger-pricking devices) used by residents to manage various medical conditions such as diabetes.

You should not put used needles or other sharps:

  • in your household waste, recycling bin or any other general rubbish bin
  • in a container, such as a drinks can or bottle.
  • Used medical sharps can cause injuries and may carry blood-borne viruses that can be passed on to other people.

Residents using medical sharps at home should place them into a sealed sharps box, obtained from a GP or pharmacy, which may be returned to a GP’s surgery once full for safe disposal. If you are unable to transport your sharps box to a surgery, you can arrange a collection from us.

Illegal drug-related sharps should be taken to a pharmacy offering a needle exchange service. A list of needle exchange pharmacies can be found on the Public Health Dorset website.

Please note that this service is for residents only. Businesses (including residential care homes) require a chargeable clinical waste collection service. We do not operate a clinical waste collection service. There are several alternative companies that can offer this service. It is your responsibility to ensure that a registered carrier is used for this type of waste, the Environment Agency website has a public register of all companies who are registered to remove this waste.