Where to Dispose of Needles & Syringes

Syringe Distribution

The Harm Reduction program operates the free and confidential Stay Sharp Syringe Distribution program on behalf of Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health during regular office hours. We supply new syringes, filters, alcohol swabs, tourniquets, cookers, vitamin C, abscess kits and safe drug inhalation materials as well as information and referrals to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C through injection and inhaled drug use. We also receive used needles for safe disposal.

Private Property:

What should I do if I come across a needle in my back yard, at my business or income property?

If you are a private home owner, business owner or landlord, Stay Sharp Needle Distribution Program can provide you with:

  • Onsite training for safe handling and disposal of needles.
  • One-time supply of sharps containers and needle disposal.
  • Contact information for a biomedical waste disposal company.

Public Property:

What should I do if I come across a needle on public property?

If you are a member of the community and you find a syringe on public property, Stay Sharp provides site-specific needle pick up Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To report a needle on public property, please contact: our Harm Reduction Program for HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health at 519-994-5419.

*Please leave your name and contact information for follow up.

Outdoor disposal bins are accessible 24 hours a day at Guelph Community Health Centre at 176 Wyndham St. North and the 160 Chancellor’s Way Location of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

What should I do with my own needles?

People with Diabetes should contact participating pharmacies about their needle disposal programs. Injection drug users can drop off used needles and syringes at the Stay Sharp Needle Exchange.

Disposal Locations:

HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health
77 Westmount Road, Unit 110 Guelph, ON
N1H 5J1
Mon-Thurs 9 am-5 pm

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
160 Chancellors Way
Guelph, ON N1H 5K1

Stay Sharp Satellite Site
Located in Guelph Community Health Centre (176 Wyndham Street North)
Guelph, ON N1H 8N9
Everyday 9 am – 5 pm

If you are a health care provider, you must obtain proper sharps disposal containers and arrange a disposal contract with a biomedical waste disposal company.