We all need to do our part to keep our communities clean and safe. This means getting rid of needles and needle waste properly.
If you find a needle, treat it like it was used and that it could harm you.
Don’t put the cap back on the needle.
Don’t snap, take off, or bend the needle tip.
Don’t flush a needle down the toilet.
Don’t put a needle in the garbage or recycling.
Teach children to not touch a needle and to call an adult for help if they find one. Adults can pick up needles by following the steps below or call their town or city office for help.
If you find a needle and can’t get rid of it safely, please call your town or city office to report it. Some cities have programs that look for and pick up used needles.
If you accidently poke yourself with a needle you find, call Health Link at 811 to find out what to do next.
Current as of: April 21, 2021
Author: Provincial Harm Reduction Services Team
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