Community Sharps Management

NSW Health estimates that approximately 50% of needles and syringes used for self-injection each year end up in local council waste and recycling services. To help combat this issue, Willoughby City Council has teamed up with pharmacists in the local area to provide needle collection facilities for used sharps - syringes, needles and lancets.

The Community Sharps Management Program aims to ensure that residents have access to safe disposal options, significantly reducing the number of sharps entering the general waste stream and minimising the possibility of needle stick injuries.

Free community sharps disposal facilities are available at:

  • Blooms The Chemist, Shop 13, Northbridge Plaza, 79-113 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge
  • Castlecrag Pharmacy, Shop 8, 100 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag
  • Community Health Building, 2C Herbert Street, St Leonards (part of Royal North Shore Hospital complex)
  • High Street Day & Night Compounding Pharmacy, Shop 4, 201 High Street, Willoughby 
  • Nick Logan Pharmacy Advice, 96 Hampden Road, Artarmon
  • Northbridge Pharmacy, Shop 2, 115 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge
  • Roy Young Chemist, Shop 438-441, Westfield Shoppingtown, Chatswood
  • Terry White Chemists, Shop B046, Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre, 345 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
  • The Good Chemist, 3/398 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

All sharps must be contained in an approved sharps container. These can be obtained FREE OF CHARGE from participating pharmacies as Council provides these pharmacies with sharps containers to supply to residents.

These bins are not provided for commercial sharps generators.

If you discover a needle in a public place contact the Needle Cleanup Hotline on 1800 633 353.

The new Safe Sharps website has more information about sharps disposal and disposal sites in surrounding areas.