The community sharps management website provides information about community sharps management in NSW. Community sharps are sharps that have been generated by non-clinical activities e.g. needles, syringes and lancets.

The management of community sharps is a shared responsibility across government, council and other organisations.

Promotional materials

There are number of generic samples for promotional flyers, media releases and letters about community sharps available for download. There is also a range of disposal bin stickers of differing sizes and design for use by councils and other stakeholders

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The Community Sharps Management Guideline is for NSW councils and others involved in the management of community sharps. They have been developed to help NSW councils assess and manage risks and minimise harm associated with unsafe or inappropriate disposal of community sharps.

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Resources about community sharps management including information on training and NSW Government initiatives.

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Policies and legislation

Relevant policies and legislation on community sharps in NSW.

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Local Government Awards

The NSW Ministry of Health sponsors the community sharps category in the annual Local Government NSW’s Excellence in the Environment Awards.

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about community sharps management in NSW

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Useful contacts

Got some sharps you want to dispose of?

The Safe Sharps website is no longer functional. Please visit your local hospital or pharmacy for sharps disposal options. 

Found a used needle or syringe?  

The Needle Clean-Up Hotline coordinates the clean-up of dumped needles and syringes in public places anywhere in NSW.

Phone: 1800 633 353

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Current as at: Thursday 21 October 2021
Contact page owner: Centre for Population Health