Safe Sharps Disposal

Community Information


  • Wash it: wash the area gently with soap and running tap water as soon as possible.
  • Cover it: apply an antispetic and a clean dressing.
  • Report it: obtain prompt medical advice from your local doctor or hospital emergency department, preferably within 24 hours.
  • Dispose it: dispose of the needle safely.

what to do if you find a discarded needle?

  1. Do not be alarmed.
  2. Get a rigid walled, puncture resistant, plastic container, with a well-secured, screw top lid (not glass, aluminium, or frosted plastic).
  3. Bring the container to the needle and place it on the ground.
  4. Pick up the needle from the blunt end - do not touch the sharp point.
  5. Do not try to re-cap the needle.
  6. Put the needle, point first, into the container.
  7. Tightly seal the container.
  8. Put the container in a domestic rubbish bin.

where can i safely discard of needles?

The bathrooms at the following facilities have sharps disposal bines:

  • Koombana Park
  • Daylesford Park
  • South Hedland Town Square
  • Marquee Park
  • Shay Gap Park

snap, send, solve

Snap, Send, Solve is an app that allows any individual who observes something within the community to create a concise report of the issue.

You can download the Snap, Send, Solve app from Google Play or the App-store free of charge and begin using it straight away.

Snap, Send, Solve is a great way for community members to report incorrectly discarded needles.


For more information regarding the safe disposal of sharps please contact:

Town of Port Hedland

(08) 9158 9300 

13 McGregor Street, Port Hedland