Safer Needle Pick Up

At HIV North we are concerned about community safety and our team takes measures to keep used needles off the street. We strongly encourage everyone to properly dispose of their equipment in bio bins and return them to us or our community bins. Unfortunately, for various reasons, used syringes and supplies are sometimes discarded in public areas.

As part of our education and awareness campaign, we hope to equip the public with knowledge regarding safe handling and disposal of substance-use supplies. Please note these are general guidelines and are not meant to be all-inclusive. While some products are generally harmless, extra caution should be taken with products containing or stained with blood. Although it is not always necessary, the best practice is to wear waterproof gloves and use tongs to pick up all garbage left behind. Wearing protective gear will help prevent needle stick injuries.

For a downloadable resource see our needle recovery brochure