Sharps Disposal

Safe Disposal of Used Needles and Syringes

The City of Playford currently provides our residents a free sharps disposal service. 

Residents of Playford Council can dispose of their used needles and syringes at the sharps bin located within the City of Playford Operations Centre located in the northern carpark.  The used needles and syringes must be placed into a rigid walled container prior to disposing into the sharps bin. This service is for residents only.  Businesses that have sharps waste will need to dispose of it through a licensed waste control company.

Sharps and sharps containers must not go into your household rubbish, recycling bins or green waste bins. Syringes and needles are considered biomedical waste, and as such cannot be disposed of in normal household waste collection. 

There are also small sharps collection containers located in council public toilets at the NSS Skate Park and Freemont Reserve for the safe disposal of individual needles and syringes.


Sharps Collection

If you find a needle on public or private property, please do not attempt to pick it up yourself.  For public property, contact City of Playford Customer Centre Staff on 8256 0333 to organise its safe removal.  We cannot arrange removal on private property; however we can discuss the matter with the owners and seek their assistance to arrange removal.

SA Health has useful information on their website regarding the Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA) Clean Needle Program.  Playford residents may wish to contact DASSA on 1300 131 340 for details of their nearest sharps disposal outlet.


Other non-Playford Council sharps container disposal outlets include;

Anglicare SA – Elizabeth Mission

Shine SA – Davoren Park

Uniting Communities – Smithfield


Sharps containers can be purchased through Officeworks, pharmacies and local health service providers located within Playford Council area.

Post: 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park SA 5113 | Visit: Playford Civic Centre, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth
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