Dangerous materials such as needles and glass

Use this service to:

  • report dangerous materials such as needles, syringes or broken glass

Call us on 01202 123123, 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday, or 9pm - 4.30pm on Fridays.

Or call us on 0800 506050 at any other time.

You will need to tell us:

  • the location of the issue
  • any additional information that can help us locate it
  • your contact details if you want us to update you

You can also upload a picture.


What we can do

We can remove hypodermic needles, syringes or broken glass from all council-owned land.

Any needles or syringes found on educational premises (such as schools and nurseries) during working hours should be reported immediately to the premises directly, where staff on site are trained to deal with such items.

What we don’t do

We don't remove needles, syringes or broken glass from domestic properties generated by householder(s) medical conditions, such as diabetes. Alternative arrangement should be made through the local healthcare provider.

How you can help

We advise members of the public NOT to pick up syringes, unless it poses an immediate danger to you or another member of the public. If you decide it is necessary to pick up a syringe, ensure that you wear protective gloves so that you do not come into direct contact with it, and place the syringe, needle first into a bottle with a lid on.

Page last updated: 19 April 2021
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