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Safe disposal of needles that are found on the ground

Fri, Mar 25, 2022

Spring has arrived and Algoma Public Health and the City of Sault Ste. Marie remind residents to be careful if they come across needles on the ground. 


For the most part, people who use needles take steps to dispose of them properly. 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.

“Sharps (needles) may pose a risk of physical harm or serious blood-borne infections if handled inappropriately, said Kristy Harper, manager of Community Wellness and Chief Nursing Officer. “It is important to pick up and dispose of them properly.”

“If you find a needle on your property, use a pair of tongs, pliers, or tweezers to pick up the needle with the needle pointing down and away from you. Place the needle in a hard plastic container, like a coffee container or disposable water bottle that you can close tightly.”

These containers can be dropped off at a needle
drop bin located:

  • outside the John Howard Society (27 King St)
  • corner of Gore/Albert Street (138 Gore St)
  • outside the Soup Kitchen (172 James Street)
  • outside the City Bus Terminal (160 Queen Street)
  • outside Algoma Public Health (294 Willow Avenue)
  • outside of Pauline’s Place (South side of building - 235 Wellington St W) NEW
  • outside of Group Health Center (East side of building - 240 McNabb St) NEW
  • outside of Bridge View Hall Temporary Shelter (West side of building - 455 Queen St W) NEW
  • parking lot between Group Health Centre and the new shelter at the former Sacred Heart School (170 East St) NEW

Find needle drop bins in Elliot Lake and Blind River.

These bins help with safe needle disposal, divert sharps away from the city landfill and help protect public works staff who handle garbage.

In addition, needle containers can be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 402 Fifth Line East when it opens on April 19, 2022.

Algoma Public Health also runs a needle exchange program that helps to reduce the spread of infectious diseases. The program is available Monday to Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Canadian Mental Health Association at 386 Queen Street.