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Needles, syringes, lancets and other injection equipment should be disposed of correctly to minimise infection to others in the community. Because of the high risk of injury to workers and community members sharps should never be disposed of in household waste and recycling bins or flushed down toilets or drains.
Disposal of sharps:
You can dispose of sharps waste at a number of chemists and pharmacies in Cessnock (check our guide to safe disposal of community sharps).
24-hour drop-off facilities are also available at:
- Cessnock Hospital, bin is located in the car-park off Forster Street entrance.
- Kurri Kurri Hospital, bin is located at the rear down the last driveway of Hospital Street.
Other locations for safe sharps disposal are listed at www.safesharps.org.au .
You can purchase special medical sharps containers from selected pharmacies.
Reporting discarded sharps waste:
To report needles found in public places, call the NSW Health Needle Clean-up Hotline on 1800 633 353.