Currently there is no standardised method for councils to collect data on community sharps that could be used for planning and reporting purposes. However, City of Sydney have developed a sharps data collection template that identifies output and outcome indicators, and they have provided this as a resource for other councils.
Watch a short video by the City of Sydney that demonstrates how to safely pick up and dispose of community sharps found in public spaces.
For more information visit:
Wollongong City Council - sharps disposal webpage
Willoughby City Council's community sharp management plan.
Wentworth Area Health Service received funding to auspice a community safe disposal project covering the three Area Health Services in the greater western area of Sydney, Wentworth, Western and South Western Sydney. This project was funded by NSW Health, and worked closely with the fifteen Councils in the greater western Sydney area to improve the safety of the local communities by enhancing safe disposal options for needles and syringes.
A condensed version of the full project report.
Safety in Marrickville, the report on Marrickville Council's Safe Needle and Syringe Disposal Program .
A project designed to develop effective communication and partnerships between the NRAHS and local councils, and to support councils in developing local strategies for the management of community sharps.
Northern Rivers Area Health Service
Harm minimisation project.
Parramatta City Council has been collecting data on bin usage rates for 5 years, and uses this data to determine the most appropriate bin size for specific sites in the Parramatta council area.
Photographs of bin placements for collection of community sharps in public areas.
REROC community sharps brochure.
Community Sharps Handbook