Disposing of sharps safely
Sharps are syringes and all other types of needles for personal medical use. When sharps have been used, they must be disposed of in a sharps container.
Sharps containers come in many different shapes and sizes. Most of them are yellow and have ‘sharps’ written on them. You can get them without charge from the City of Greater Bendigo from Customer Service.
Sharps and sharps containers cannot go into your household rubbish or recycling bins. Syringes and needles are considered biochemical waste, which cannot be disposed of in household bins under Local Laws.
Dumping this type of waste at a landfill site (tip) is also prohibited under the Environment Protection (Prescribed Waste) Regulations.
Sharpsafe collection and disposal centres
Sharpsafe collection and disposal centres are located at:
City of Greater Bendigo offices:
Bendigo Service Centre, 195-229 Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo
Heathcote Service Centre, High Street, Heathcote
Bendigo Community Health services:
25 Helm Street, Kangaroo Flat
3 Seymoure Street, Eaglehawk
All sharpsafe containers returned to the City must be clean (of blood) and closed securely. Containers that are damaged or not properly secured can be a health hazard and will not be accepted.
Download our brochure on Disposing of Your Sharps Safely