Hazardous Waste

Please do not dump syringes in your waste, recycling or garden waste bins!

How can I safely dispose of needles and syringes?

From time to time, needles and syringes are being incorrectly disposed of in garbage, recycling and garden waste bins, resulting in occupational health and safety risks to workers at waste and recycling centres.

To address this problem, City of Parramatta Council, in conjunction with selected pharmacies, have introduced a Safe Needle Disposal Scheme for people with diabetes and other domestic users of lancets, syringes and pen needles.

What are sharps?

Sharps are objects that are intended for cutting or penetrating the skin. They include:

  • needles
  • a syringe with needle
  • intravenous giving sets
  • lancets
  • scalpel blades

How should I handle my sharps?

Sharps ContainerPeople who generate sharps should ensure they are stored correctly so that there is no risk of injury to anyone who may come into contact with the waste.

  • Sharps should be stored in an appropriate rigid puncture proof container e.g. a 'yellow' sharps container
  • Sharps waste containers should be stored in a secure location so children cannot access the container
  • When the sharps container is full, seal the lid firmly

Where can I purchase a sharps container?

Sharps waste containers can be purchased from local pharmacies or by contacting Diabetes Australia on 9552 9900 or visit www.diabetesnsw.com.au

Where do I dispose of my sharps container?

Sharps waste containers can be taken to the following:

Permanent Community Sharp Bins

Permanent Sharps Bin

Parramatta

  • Corner or Horwood Place & Houison Place, Parramatta (Outside the Horwood Place Car Park)

Granville

  • Corner South & Mary Streets

Wentworthville

  • Reg Byrne Centre, Darcy Road

Pharmacies participating in the Safe Needle Disposal Scheme

Epping

  • My Chemist, Suite 1, 16-18 Bridge Street, Epping, 2121
  • Chemist Warehouse Epping, 58-60 Rawson Street, Epping, 2121

Ermington

  • Soul Pattison Pharmacy, Shop 4, Betty Cuthbert Avenue, Ermington, 2115

Guildford

  • Excel Pharmacy, 174/176 Excelsior Street, Guildford NSW 2161
    (02) 9632 5093
  • Johns Pharmacy, 333 Guildford Road, Guildford, 2161
    (02) 96326890

Parramatta

  • Priceline, Westfield Shopping Centre, Shop M10, Level 2, 159-175 Church Street, Parramatta
    (02) 9633 1770
  • Chemist Warehouse Parramatta, 202-214 Church St, Parramatta, 2150

Telopea

  • Telopea Pharmacy, 14 Banauld Place, Dundas, 2117
    (02)96380596

Winston Hills

  • Chisholm Centre Pharmacy, Shop 3 Churchill Drive, Winston Hills, 2153

Wentworthville

  • Emma Crescent Pharmacy, Shop 5A Emma Crescent, Wentworthville, 2145

Public Toilets with Safe Sharp Disposal Unit

Guildford

  • Council Library, Amenities Building, Railway Terrace

Granville

  • Bus Rail Interchange, Railway Parade

Harris Park

  • Jubilee Park, Parkes Street

Merrylands

  • Granville Park, Claremont Street, Amenities building

Parramatta

  • Town Hall, Church Street
  • Corner of Charles Street & Phillip Street

Telopea

  • Evans Road
  • Neighbourhood Centre, 17 Stuart Street

Dundas Valley

  • Evans Road
  • Dundas Library, 21 Sturt Street

What is the cost for sharps disposal?

There are no costs associated with the disposal of your sharps waste container at participating pharmacies.

What to do if you find a syringe/needle?

For the removal of needles and syringes found in public places contact NSW Health Needle Clean-Up Hotline on 1800 633 353 or City of Parramatta Council on 9806 5050.

If you require any further information please contact Council's Waste Management Team on 9806 5544 or Western Sydney Area Health Service, Parramatta HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention Service on 9893 9522.

New Mobile Community Recycling Service

Parramatta, Holroyd and Auburn City Councils have launched a new Mobile Community Recycling Service, which will provide residents with a free and easy way to recycle household problem wastes including:

  • gas bottles
  • fire extinguishers
  • paint
  • batteries (car and household batteries)
  • oils (motor and cooking)
  • fluoro lights and smoke detectors

Residents must book a pick up via the following link Problem Waste, or call Council's Waste Hotline on 9806 5544 to register your details with the Sustainability and Waste Team.

Only household quantities will be accepted in 20kg or 20L maximum container sizes.

Dangerous goods and items other than those listed above will not be accepted. Please see the following Household Chemical Clean Out service for details.

Household Chemical Clean Out

Have you ever wondered what to do with those unwanted, out-of-date or leftover household chemicals found in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed?

The correct way to dispose of potentially hazardous chemicals is through the CleanOut program organised by the Environmental Protection Agency. CleanOut is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of common household chemicals which could cause harm to human health and the environment if not disposed correctly.

CleanOut events are held at various locations throughout NSW at specified dates throughout the year.

For the next Household Chemical CleanOut click here.

Materials accepted

At CleanOut events household quantities, up to a maximum 20L or 20kg of a singular item, will be accepted.

Business-related and commercial quantities are not accepted at CleanOut centres - telephone the Environment Line on 131 555 to find out correct disposal for businesses.

From your home

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes

From your garage

  • Paint and paint-related products
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis

From your car

  • Car batteries
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids

Storage and transportation

Please handle and transport chemicals carefully:

  • Never mix chemicals as this may produce dangerous reactions
  • Wherever possible keep all chemicals in their original containers
  • Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well sealed. If you do not know the contents, label the container 'UNKNOWN CHEMICAL' 
  • Liquid can leak during transport: wrap containers holding liquids securely in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags and then in plastic buckets or trays
  • Keep household chemicals away from passengers, e.g. in the boot