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.
Arrange a medical sharps collection
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.
Page last updated: 23 March 2021