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2014-07-18 - Public Service Announcement: Properly Disposing of Needles and Sharps

The City of Charlottetown wishes to remind the public about the safety procedures and protocols in place for handling and disposing of needles and sharps.

If residents or businesses find needles, sharps or drug-related paraphernalia within the City of Charlottetown, it is recommended that they avoid picking it up and immediately contact Charlottetown Police Services at 902-629-4041 for proper and safe disposal.

If picking it up such items is unavoidable, Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) and the Department of Health and Wellness recommends that adults use tongs or puncture proof gloves to pick up the needle and place it into a proper sharps disposal container. If a disposal container is not immediately available, a hard-sided puncture resistant container with a screw-on lid can be used to take the needle or sharps to the IWMC’s Household Hazardous Waste depots located at the Waste Watch Drop-off Centers. Needles and sharps should never be discarded in a waste bin.

IWMC, the Department of Health and Wellness and the City of Charlottetown recommend that children be taught never to pick up needles or sharps and to tell an adult if they find such items.

Additional safe needle disposal information for households can be found at: www.iwmc.pe.ca/pdfs/SharpsAugust2012.pdf or by contacting IWMC at 1-888-280-8111.

For information from the Worker’s Compensation board on how employers and employees should handle needles and sharps, visit: www.wcb.pe.ca/DocumentManagement/Document/pub_needlestickpreventionupdate.pdf  or contact the board at 1-800-237-5049

For information on Special Waste Disposal Permits, contact The Environment, Labour and Justice Department at 902-368-5028 or visit: www.gov.pe.ca/environment/index.php3?number=1041346&lang=E
 
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Media contact:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown
902-629-4102
jgavin@charlottetown.ca



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