Syringes

We will pick up syringes if you find them on Council land, for example nature strips, reserves, shopping strips or pavements.

Contact our Customer Service team on 9518 3555 or mail@monash.vic.gov.au

If you find a syringe on private property, you should call the Eastern region syringe disposal hotline on 0430 524 749. This is also the number to call if you have a large number of syringes to throw away.

If you do not mind dealing with the syringe yourself, you can throw it 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.
  • Monash University Pharmacy, Student Campus Centre Wellington Road, Clayton. Call 9905 3130.

Containers

If you are throwing away the syringe 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.

Outreach needle and syringe program

If you need information about drugs or clean injecting equipment you can contact the Mobile Health Outreach Service.  They operate throughout the inner southern metropolitan region. MhOS covers the Monash area south of Wellington Road and the Princes Highway.

Service Hours: 7.30pm to 11.00pm
Call 0419 204 811

DirectLine

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

Turning Point

Turning Point is an alcohol and drug organisation combining treatment and support with research, education and training.

It also provides a Direct Response Outreach Program (DROP), counselling, consultancy and continuing care and a needle and syringe exchange program.

Call 8413 8413.

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Last updated: 15 January 2016