Sharps and Syringe Disposal
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Sharps and Syringe Disposal

Never put any sharps, syringes, or hypodermic needles in your garbage or recycling bin.  Never flush needles or sharps down the toilet or sink.

Used needles and sharps should be collected in an approved yellow sharps container (1.4L or 4.5L) available free of charge from your pharmacist.  Filled containers must be returned to the pharmacy for proper disposal.      

The Ontario Sharps Collection Program is a stewardship program for the Province of Ontario that promotes the safe and easy disposal of sharps.  Please refer to the Ontario Sharps Collection Program at 

If needles/sharps are found in your garbage or recycling, your waste collection will be suspended.  Syringes and sharps are not accepted at the Household Chemical Waste Facility.   

Improper disposal puts waste collectors, municipal workers, janitors, housekeepers, household members, children and pets at risk of being harmed.     

If you find a needle on the public right-of-way, please contact 311 with the exact location and Public Works Department, Environmental Division will send someone out to pick up the needle.  It is recommended that you safely contain the needle in a container until the Public Works Department arrives, if you are able to do so (i.e. in an empty water bottle or empty jar).       

Public Works, Environmental Division
3540 North Service Road East
Windsor, Ontario
N8W 5X2

Phone:  For general information, call 311.  For detailed inquiries, call 519-974-1010
Fax: 519-944-3161