Needles, syringes, lancets and other injection equipment should be disposed of correctly to minimise infection to others in the community. Because of the high risk of injury to workers and community members sharps should never be disposed of in household waste and recycling bins or flushed down toilets or drains.

Disposal of sharps

You can dispose of sharps waste at a number of chemists and pharmacies in Lake Macquarie.

24-hour drop-off facilities are also available at:

Other locations for safe sharps disposal are listed at

Sharps containers

You can purchase 1.4 litre or 3.1 litre medical sharps containers from selected pharmacies, as well as Council's Administration Building.

For further information about this service, contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333 or email

Reporting discarded sharps waste

To report needles found in public places, call the NSW Health Needle Clean-up Hotline on 1800 633 353.

Page last updated: 08 February 2016