Safe sharps


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The Be Sharp Safe Program is a Council initiative working in
collaboration with local pharmacies to implement safe needle disposal in the Liverpool Local Government Area.


What are community sharps?

Many people rely on using needles and syringes to maintain their own health or that of a family member.

Community sharps include:

  • Needles;
  • Syringes;
  • Lancets; and
  • Similar equipment associated with these items.
Please do not dispose of needles or sharps in your recycling or waste bins.

Syringe needles, and other medical sharps that are disposed in recycling and garbage bins, pose a risk to workers at waste and recycling centres and other community members. PA150016

Sharps should always be:

  • Placed in a sharps disposal container or appropriate puncture resistant container (not glass);
  • Kept out of reach of children; and
  • Disposed of at a sharps collection facility or disposal bin (see below for free sharps disposal options provided by Liverpool City Council).

Sharps should never be:

  • Placed in your household waste or recycling bins or a public litter bin;
  • Flushed down toilets or drains; or
  • Left on the ground.

Collection Facilities

Liverpool City Council has partnered with selected local pharmacies to introduce a safe needle disposal service for diabetics and other sharps users in the community. Public venue disposal bins have also been placed in selected areas available 24 hours to the public who require sharps disposal.

Pharmacies offering a safe needle disposal service:

AUSTRAL

Austral Pharmacist Advice 
Corner Edmondson and Tenth Avenues
9606-9091

West Hoxton Pharmacy 
Corner Fifteenth and Edmondson Avenues
9606-0150

BRINGELLY

Mediadvice Pharmacy
Shop 4, 21 The Northern Road
4774-8161

CARNES HILL

Soul Patterson Chemist
Shop B09, Carnes Hill Market Place, Cowpasture Road
9608-6622

CASULA

Casula Centre Pharmacy
Corner Hume Highway and De Meyrick Avenue
9601-6106

Priceline Pharmacy
Shop 38, Casula Mall, Kurrajong Road
9821-1323

CECIL HILLS

Penna's Pharmacy
Shop 10, Cecil Hills Shopping Centre, Corner Sandringham Drive and Fedore Road
9823-6999

CHIPPING NORTON

Little Tree Pharmacy
Shop 4 Corner Barry Road and Ernest Avenue, Chipping Norton Market Plaza
9755-1995

GREEN VALLEY

Penna's Pharmacy
174 Green Valley Road
9607-7920

Priceline Pharmacy 
Shop 2, The Valley Plaza, 189 Wilson Road
9825-0600

HAMMONDVILLE

Chen's Pharmacy
44 Walder Road
9825-3638

HOXTON PARK

Hoxton Park Pharmacy
Shop 14, 600 Hoxton Park Road
9825-8444

LIVERPOOL

Black & White Pharmacy
337 Hume Highway
9602-3145

Elizabeth Drive Pharmacy 
6/130 Elizabeth Drive
9602-7324

Liverpool Discount Drug Store
Shop 2, 165-191 Macquarie Street
9600-6764

Murrays Pharmacy 
238 Macquarie Street
9601-4884

Nands Pharmacy 
187 Elizabeth Drive
9602-3304

Penna's Discount Pharmacy
Shop 4, 72-78 Hoxton Park Road
9602-7790

Priceline Pharmacy 
Shop 1014, Westfield Liverpool, Macquarie Street
9822-8885

Save and Deliver Pharmacy 
Shop 1, 279 Macquarie Street
9821-1942

LURNEA

Lurnea Pharmacy 
54 Hill Road
9607-2114

Mediadvice Pharmacy 
63 Hill Road
9607-2114

MILLER

Blooms the Chemist Shop
Shop 46-47 Miller Shopping Centre, 90 Cartwright Avenue
9607-7204

MOOREBANK

Amcal Pharmacy
1-42 Stockton Avenue
9602-3255

Moorebank Day & Night Pharmacy 
Shop 21, Moorebank Shopping Village, Stockton Avenue
9602-4476

PRESTONS

Penna's Pharmacy 
Corner Wroxham Street and Minnamurra Circuit
9607-0999

WATTLE GROVE

Chen's Pharmacy 
Shop 8, Wattle Grove Shopping Centre, Corner Village Way & Australis Avenue
9731-1077


Public Venue Disposal Bins

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Public venue disposal bins, accessible 24 hours a day, are available to the public at the following locations:

LIVERPOOL

Light Horse Park
Southern Bigge Street

Pirie Street Carpark
Pirie Street

Pioneer Park
Campbell Street

MILLER

Ron Darcy Oval
Cabramatta Avenue

SADLIER

Gabo Park
Bencubbin Street

Gibbs Park
Yalta Road

WARWICK FARM

Durrant Oval Toilets
Lawrence Hargrave Drive

Pedestrian Tunnel

(Western side of Warwick Farm Train Station)
Remembrance Avenue

Pedestrian steps up to Hume Highway
(Eastern side of Warwick Farm Train Station) 
Remembrance Avenue

Warwick Farm Neighbourhood Centre
Corner Lawrence Hargraves Road and Gallop Street


How to purchase a sharps container

Sharps waste containers can be purchased from local pharmacies or by contacting Diabetes Australia on 9552 9900.

If you are an insulin dependant diabetic, you can collect a FREE 1.4L sharps container from any of the local participating pharmacies listed above.

Please dispose the container at any participating pharmacy for safe disposal.

There are no costs associated with the disposal of your sharps disposal container.


What to do if you find a syringe or needle

If you find needles and syringes in public places, please contact:

  • NSW Health Needle Clean Up Hotline on 1800 633 353 or
  • Liverpool City Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 36 2170.

How to handle a needle stick injury

If you are injured:

  1. Stay calm, the risk of serious injury is very small.
  2. Seek first aid treatment from a qualified First Aid Officer if possible
  3. Do not squeeze the wound
  4. Wash the wounded area with warm water and soap. Do not scrub.
  5. Apply antiseptic, if available, and a Band-Aid.
  6. Where possible and if it is safe to do so, retain the syringe which caused the injury.

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Need more information about the Be Sharp Safe Programme?

Simply visit one of the participating pharmacies listed above or contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 36 2170. Click on the image below to download the Be Sharp Safe Information Brochure.

A GUIDE TO THE SAFE DISPOSAL OF COMMUNITY SHARPS

Last updated on 2017-08-28AEST17:26:09+1000

Last updated on 28 Aug 2017