Although the risk of contracting diseases through injuring yourself with a discarded needle is extremely low, it is important that appropriate care is taken when handling and disposing of them.

What do I do if I find a discarded needle or syringe?

If unsure, do not touch the sharp. Contact our Environmental Health team during business hours for advice on 03 6424 0511.

  1. If found on public land call us for collection between 8.00am – 5.00pm or call Tasmania Police radio room on 131 444 for out of hours.
  2. If found on private property, it is the responsibility of the owner to dispose of the sharps in the appropriate manner, which may mean contacting a commercial operator at their own expense.
  3. If bags of garbage that may contain sharps are found on private property do not attempt to sort the garbage from the sharps, contact us or a commercial contractor at your own expense.

* Tell children never to pick up a needle and to tell an adult.

For more information go to the Australian Government Department of Health website

Devonport residents can obtain sharps disposal units free of charge from the Devonport City Council’s customer service counter, on the ground floor of the paranaple centre, to assist with the safe and proper disposal of sharps. The units are available for personal sharps disposal only.

Sharps disposal units can be discarded at the Sharps Dispensing Unit on the ground floor of the multi-storey carpark park near the Fenton Way entrance/exit.  They can also be handed in to the Spreyton Waste Transfer Station.

A Sharps Dispensing Unit is also located on the ground floor of the Multi-level carpark park near the Fenton Way entrance/exit (see location picture below) which dispenses packs of sharps and small disposal units at a small cost.