Safely retrieve and dispose of sharps

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1. Retrieve and dispose of sharps

2. Needle drop off bin locations in Sault Ste. Marie, Blind River & Elliot Lake

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.

            

  DO:
       

  • 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       

 DO NOT:

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

 

Needle drop bins


An alternative option for needle disposal is to use the Needle Drop Bins that are throughout the city 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. Canadian Mental Health Association



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

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

4. 160 Queen Street East (City Bus Terminal)

 

 

5. 172 James Street (Soup Kitchen)

 

Needle drop bin in Blind River

 

8 Woodward Avenue, Blind River Public Library

Needle drop bin in Elliot Lake

 

46 Ontario Avenue, Elliot Lake

 

 


Locations of Needle Exchange Programs in Algoma:

 

  Location:

  When:

 
  Sault Ste. Marie 

  Algoma Public Health

  294 Willow Avenue

 

  Tuesday

  9:00 am - 12:00 Noon 

 

  Wednesday
  9:00 am - 12:00 Noon 

 

  Sault Ste. Marie

  Canadian Mental Health Association
  386 Queen St. East, Sault Ste. Marie 

 

  Monday                 
  1-4 pm

 

  Tuesday                  
  1-4 pm

 

  Wednesday                  
  1-4 pm
 

 

  Thursday                 
  1-4 pm

 

  Friday

  1-4 pm

 


  Blind River

  Algoma Public Health
  9 Lawton Street

  Friday
  1-4 pm


  Elliot Lake

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

  Friday
  1-4 pm

 
  Wawa

  Algoma Public Health
  18 Ganley St.

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Date Created: April 21, 2017

Last Updated: February 26, 2020