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Safe Needle Disposal and Retrieval‚Äč

The Brant County Health Unit is working with community partners to ensure safe needle disposal and retrieval.

If you find a needle on your property, it is important that you take proper steps to dispose of it, in order to keep yourself and others safe. Never throw needles in the garbage or recycling, or flush them down the toilet. 

Needles found on public property

  • If you find a needle on public property (i.e., roads, sidewalks, municipal parking lots, City parks) contact the City of Brantford Customer Contact Centre at 519-759-4150.

Needles found on private property

  • If you find a needle on your own, or someone else's, private property you can call the Brant County Health Unit at 519-753-4937 ext. 460 for information about how to get rid of it safely.

Safety measures to picking up a needle:

  • Put on gloves, open the lid of your sharps container and place the container on a flat surface near the site of the needle. If you do not have a sharps container, use a thick-walled, unbreakable container with a lid, like a thick plastic bleach bottle or an empty paint can.
  • Using tongs, pick up the needle with the sharp end pointing down and away from you. If the needle has a cap, don't try to put it back on.
  • Place the needle with the sharp end pointing down into the sharps container, and put any additional items such as a cap or wrapper in the container as well. Close the lid tightly.
  • After removing your gloves, wash your hands with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Dispose of the needle in its container at the following 24-hour needle drop boxes:
    • St. Leonard's Community Services - 133 Elgin Street and 225 Fairview Drive
    • Adjacent to Hope Pharmacy - 349 Colborne Street
    • Brant Crossing Park - 150 Icomm Drive
    • Beside Brantford Civic Centre - 69-79 Market Street
  • Dispose of the needle in its container at the following needle drop boxes during business hours:
    • Towards Recovery - 95 Darling St., Brantford
    • Brantford Clinic - 205 Colborne St., Brantford

If you are accidentally poked with a needle:

  • Let the wound bleed freely for 10 seconds
  • Wash the poke site with soap and water
  • Apply a bandage to the poke site
  • Go to the hospital right away
Community needle sweeps
  • Community needle sweeps are happening monthly in areas of need. If you would like to participate, please contact

519-753-4937 ext. 460