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1. Retrieve and dispose of sharps

2. Needle drop off bin locations in Sault Ste. Marie

3. Needle exchange locations in the Algoma district

Retrieve and dispose of sharps safely

Algoma Public Health (APH) and the City of Sault Ste. Marie would like to remind residents to be careful if they come across discarded needles. For the most part, people who use needles take steps to dispose of them properly. However, as the snow melts, you may find needles on the ground. 

Sharps (needles) may pose a risk of physical harm or serious bloodborne infections if handled inappropriately. It is important to pick up and dispose of them properly.



  • Use a pair of tongs, pliers or tweezers to pick up the needle. It is best to wear rubber gloves
  • Pick the needle up by pointing the needle tip down and away from you.
  • Put the needle in a hard plastic container several millimeters thick with a tight lid and tape the lid shut.



Dirty Needles       


  • touch the object
  • recap
  • bend
  • purposely break or remove the needle from the syringe                                              


Needle drop bins in Sault Ste. Marie

An alternative option for needle disposal is to use the two Needle Drop Bins that are located in the downtown area that will allow for 24-hour disposal. The Needle Drop Bins provide an option for the public to safely drop off any used needles found in the community. Please use the instructions above and place only small hard plastic containers with lids in the Drop Bins. The Drop Bins are located at: 

1. John Howard Society

2. Southeast corner of Gore and Albert E, on Albert St.

3. Algoma Public Health - 294 Willow Ave., Sault Ste. Marie

4. 235 Wellington Street West (Steelton Seniors Centre)



5. 172 James Street (Soup Kitchen)


 Locations of Needle Exchange Programs in Algoma:




  Sault Ste. Marie 

  Algoma Public Health

  294 Willow Avenue

  9:00 am - 12:00 Noon 

  Sault Ste. Marie
  John Howard Society
  27 King St, Sault Ste. Marie 

  Monday - Friday                   
  1-4 pm

  Blind River

  Algoma Public Health
  9 Lawton Street

  1-4 pm

  Elliot Lake

  Algoma Public Health
  302 - 31 Nova Scotia Walk (ELNOS Building)  

  1-4 pm


  Algoma Public Health
  18 Ganley St.

  Drop In


Date Created: April 21, 2017

Last Updated: June 26, 2018