Syringe and needle disposal

Update: Council syringe disposal service during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the closure of our customer service centres in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19), our syringe disposal service is temporarily closed.

You can take your sharps, needles and syringes to Merri Health - located at 93 Bell Street, Coburg. You can contact Merri Health directly by calling 1300 637 744.

Safe disposal of sharps

All sharps, needles and syringes should be disposed of safely. For further information, download the Victorian Government Safe Retrieval and Disposal of Needles and Syringes brochure.

Syringe disposal containers

Council has syringe disposal containers available to any person who needs them. Syringe disposal containers are free for Merri-bek residents.

Containers are available from Council Customer Service Centres. Once a container is full, it should be returned to Council for disposal and replacement.

Council also has free needle and syringe disposal kits for community groups, sports clubs and schools.

Council sells syringe disposal containers to registered commercial premises at a minimal cost  per container.

Merri Health also provide free syringe disposal bins outside their locations in Coburg and Brunswick.

Syringe disposal units in public places

Unsafe disposal of used syringes in public places is dangerous. Please use a syringe disposal unit. Council public toilets have a syringe disposal unit.

If you see a discarded syringe or needle in a public area you can phone the Syringe Disposal Helpline on 1800 552 355 for advice, available 24 hours.