Safer Sharps Handling and Disposal

Algoma Public Health

Safer Sharps Handling and Disposal

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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. Looking for Sharps/Needle Containers?

4. Locations of Needle Exchange Programs in Algoma


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. 

Sault Ste. Marie

In Sault Ste. Marie, if needles are found on public property, citizens may call the Public Works and Engineering Department at 705-759-5201 to arrange for pickup and proper disposal by City staff.

Elliot Lake

In Elliot Lake, if needles are found in city parks or city property please call 705-915-0357.

Sharps (needles) may pose a risk of physical harm or serious blood-borne 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


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.

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. 160 Queen Street East (City Bus Terminal)




5. 172 James Street (Soup Kitchen)




6. Pauline's Place



7. Group Health Centre



8. Verdi Hall Temporary Shelter



9. Former Sacred Heart School




10. Blind River Public Library


Needle drop bin in Elliot Lake


46 Ontario Avenue, Elliot Lake



Locations of Needle Exchange Programs in Algoma:




  Sault Ste. Marie 

  Algoma Public Health

  294 Willow Avenue


  12:30 pm - 4:00 pm  



  12:30 pm - 4:00 pm 


  12:30 am - 4:00 pm 


  Sault Ste. Marie

  Community Resource Centre
  721 Wellington Street East


  1 pm - 4 pm


  1 pm - 4 pm


  1 pm - 4 pm


  1 pm - 4 pm



  1 pm - 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)  

  Monday - Friday
  8:30 am - 4:00 pm (closed from Noon - 1PM)


  Algoma Public Health
  18 Ganley St.

  Drop In



Looking for Sharps/Needle Containers?




  • For individuals who inject medication (i.e. insulin), sharps containers are available at select pharmacies
  • For other individuals, containers are available at all Needle Exchange Program locations





For more information, please email


Last Modified: October 2, 2023