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

Don't put sharps in your regular rubbish bin

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?

Container for sharps

People 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 visiting

Where do I dispose of my sharps container?

Sharps waste containers can be taken to the following:


Disposal point


Bungaree Rd Pharmacy 

28 Bungaree Road, Toongabbie

Chemist Outlet 3 Coal St, Silverwater NSW 2148

Chemist Warehouse Epping 

58 - 60 Rawson Street, Epping

Chemist Warehouse Parramatta 

202 - 214 Church Street, Parramatta

Chemist Warehouse North Parramatta 

458 Church St, Parramatta

Chemist Warehouse Westfield Parramatta 

Level 1 Shop M11B Westfield Parramatta
near the food court
159 - 175 Church Street

Chemworld Pharmacy Carlingford 

Shop 143 Carlingford Court Shopping Centre
Pennant Hills Road, Carlingford

Chisholm Centre Pharmacy 

Shop 3 Churchill Drive, Winston Hills

Cincotta Discount Chemist 

Shop 1, 821 - 825 Pennant Hills Road, Carlingford

Darcy Road Pharmacy 

Shop 3, 29 - 33 Darcy Road, Westmead

Discount Drug Store Ermington  

4 Betty Cuthbert Avenue, Ermington

Emma Crescent Pharmacy 

Shop 5a Emma Crescent, Constitution Hill

My Chemist 

Suite 1, 16-18 Bridge Street, Epping

PharmaSave Parramatta 

Shop 5020, Level 5 Westfield Shopping Centre, Parramatta

Priceline Parramatta 

Westfield Shopping Centre
Shop M10, Level 2 159-175 Church Street, Parramatta

Reg Byrne Community Centre 

Cnr Fyall Avenue and Darcy Road, Wentworthville

Telopea Pharmacy 

14 Benaud Place, Dundas

Priceline Pharmacies North Rock Westfield

Shop 18-22 Westfield Shopping Centre, North Rocks

Tolar Pharmacy

Shop 13 Northmead Plaza, Campbell Street, Northmead

Oatlands Pharmacies

42 Belmore Street, Oatlands

Shikins Pharmacy

4 Carmen Drive, Carlingford

Wentworth Point Priceline Pharmacy 303/5 Footbridge BVD, Wentworth Point

Pharmacy 4 Less

240 Church St, Parramatta

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 02 9806 5050 or Western Sydney Area Health Service, Parramatta HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention Service on 02 9893 9522.

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

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