Syringe and needle disposal

Syringes stored incorrectly have the potential to cause needle stick injuries, which may result in the transmission of blood-borne disease. The practice of sharing needles can also result in the spread of blood-borne disease.

Due to the legalities associated with drug use, many drug users inject in local parks, gardens, train stations and on the street. We provide needle and syringe disposal units in all public toilets.

Finding a needles or syringe on public land

Council officers respond to complaints made in relation to discarded syringes and needles on public land. To lodge a complaint regarding needles and syringes on public land, contact us on 9524 3333.

Needle and syringe programs

Local needle and syringe programs are co-ordinated by the following organisations:

Caulfield Community Health Service

240 Kooyong Road, Caulfield
Contact: 9523 6666

Bentleigh Bayside Community Health Service

Gardners Road, Bentleigh East
Contact: 9575 5333
Monday–Friday, 8.30am–5pm

Needle and syringe container program

We provide a needle and syringe container program. Used containers can be disposed of in the special container collection bin at our Service Centre. All returned sharps containers are replaced with a new sharps container, free of charge. This service is not for commercial quantities. Sharps containers from businesses will not be accepted.

Glen Eira City Council Service Centre

Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

Office hours: Monday, Wednesday–Friday, 8am to 5.30pm (Tuesday 8am–7.15pm)

For further information, visit the Diabetes Australia — Victoria website.