Syringes and Needle Exchanges
If you find discarded syringes in a public place report
them immediately to Worcestershire HUB. You should
NOT remove needles or syringes yourself.
Due to the danger of needle stick injuries, needles and syringes
should not be disposed of in the refuse collection. This
presents a serious hazard to people collecting and handling the
Where a person treats themselves in their home,
it is their responsibility to dispose of any clinical waste in a
responsible way. This should be by using a sharps bin and
taking this to a disposal point.
nearest Disposal Point.
Sharps bins are plastic containers designed for the safe
disposal of hazardous waste. Sharps bins are available on
prescription from your doctor. They can take needles, empty
syringes, empty insulin cartridges and lancets. Some patients
use 'B-D safe clip' devices to remove the needle from the
syringe. This does not need to be done if the needle and
syringe are put straight into the sharps bin.
Photo of a Sharps collection bin
Where patients are prescribed sharps boxes by their
GP they can take the full boxes back to their GP for
disposal provided the practice is registered with the Enivornment
Agency to accept this waste.
Turning Point Worcestershire Druglink provides free and
confidential services for people concerned about their own, or
someone else's drug use. This includes support for drug
users, their family and friends and young people affected by their
parents' or carers' drug use. For full details of the
services provided by Turning Point please see the Turning Point
Turning Point provides a needle exchange point at the following
12 Priory Road, Malvern, WR14 3DS
Telephone: 01684 580240
Fax: 01684 899165
For general information please contact us via the Worcestershire HUB.