Syringe Disposal

If you find syringes on Council land - for example, on nature strips, reserves, shopping strips or pavements - we will pick them up. We guarantee we will collect them within two hours.

To report them, contact our Customer Service team on 9518 3555 or mail@monash.vic.gov.au

If you find a syringe on private property, you can call the Victorian Syringe Disposal Helpline on 1800 888 236.

You can also throw syringes away at a disposal unit at:

  • Monash Council - Civic Centre, 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley. Call 9518 3555.
  • Oakleigh Service Centre - 3 Atherton Road, Oakleigh. Call 9518 3680.
  • Any Monash public toilet.

Containers

If you are throwing away syringes yourself, you may want to get a syringe disposal container. They are available from the customer service counter at the Monash Civic Centre and the Oakleigh Service Centre. 

The containers are free.

If you find a needle or syringe:

  • Do not panic.
  • Do not touch the sharp point with your fingers or hands. Do not break it.
  • Either contact us to pick it up, or take it to a disposal unit (as listed above). You can get a syringe disposal container from us.
  • If you cannot do that, find a container with a well-secured lid. Rigid plastic containers are the best. Avoid using glass or aluminium cans.
  • Use tongs to pick up needles or syringes, otherwise, pick them up by the barrel, then put needle in first into the container.
  • Do not put the cap on it if it has fallen off.
  • Make sure the container is tightly sealed.

Alcohol and Drug Support

DirectLine provides information and referral for alcohol and drug treatment and support. Call 1800 888 236.

Turning Point is an alcohol and drug organisation combining treatment and support with research, education and training. It also has 24-hour telephone and online support. Call 1800 250 015.

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Last updated: 01 June 2021