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Syringe Recovery and Stationary Needle Bins

What should I do if I come across a needle in the community?

If needles are found on public property, please contact Dispatch:  

  • 519-661-2489 ext. 4965
  • This phone line is answered 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

For additional information regarding syringe recovery and stationary needle bins visit City of London Parks Needle Bins and Syringe Recovery


What should I do if I come across a needle on private property?

Watch: How to pick up needles on private property

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  • Use caution.  Treat all found needles and other sharps as contaminated.  Do not try to put the cap back on a needle.
  • If you do not have a specialized sharps disposal container, you will need a non-breakable, puncture-proof container with a lid (e.g. a hard plastic container or tin can).
  • Do not touch the sharp with your bare hands.
  •  Use tongs, pliers or tweezers to pick up the sharp. It is best to also wear gloves.  Always hold sharp or cutting edges down and away from you.
  • Put the container on a stable surface next to the sharp. Do not hold the container in your hand when placing the sharp inside. If picking up a needle, put the needle in the container point down.  Do not force sharps into the container or overfill it.
  • Close the container securely.
  • Wash hands with soap and water and/or an alcohol-based hand rub after all handling sharps, containers, used equipment, and after removing gloves.
  • Teach children to never touch sharps but to tell an adult what they found and where.
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