Safe Needle Disposal and Retrieval
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
- Put your needles in a strong puncture-proof container made of heavy plastic, with a narrow opening and a screw-on lid, such as a bleach bottle. You can also get a container from any pharmacy that participates in the Ontario Sharps Collection Program (OSCP). Dispose of the container at one of the following locations or return to the pharmacy.
- Take the container to a 24-hour needle drop box located at:
- St. Leonard's at 225 Fairview Dr. or 133 Elgin St.
- Beside Hope Pharmacy - 349 Colborne St.
- Brant Crossing Park - 150 Icomm Dr.
- Beside Brantford Civic Centre - 69-79 Market St.
3. Take the container to a needle drop box during business hours:
- Towards Recovery - 95 Darling St.
- Brantford Clinic - 205 Colborne St.
Health Products Stewardship Association website and enter your postal code for an OSCP location near you.
Call the Brant County Health Unit at 519-753-4937 if you plan to lead a community clean up event where needles might be found. We offer support on the needs of your event, including education on how to safely pick up used needles discarded in the community.