Safe Sharps Disposal

Used needles, syringes, lancets, auto injectors and infusion sets must not be disposed of in garbage bags, blue bags or your green cart.

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Used sharps must be handled properly. Needles, syringes, lancets, auto injectors, infusion sets & connection needles/sets must be disposed of safely in a Safe Sharps Container available for free at any local pharmacy.

Used sharps containing medications may be disposed of in the sharps containers. There are no exclusions for medication type.

Please DO NOT do the following with sharps:

DO NOT put used sharps in garbage bags.
DO NOT put used sharps in blue bags.
DO NOT put used sharps in green cart.
DO NOT put used sharps in plastic bottles or jugs for disposal.
DO NOT flush sharps down the toilet
DO NOT try to remove, bend or recap needles used by another person.
DO NOT put anything but sharps in the sharps containers.

Sharps can seriously harm people who are handling these bags or sorting your recyclables.  Needle stick injuries from used sharps may cause infections or diseases. If you are stuck, seek immediate medical attention.

Please dispose of your Sharps safely. 


For your safety and the safety of others sharps should only be placed in a Safe Sharps Container.


 Safe Sharps Containers


Here's how to get a free safe sharps container:

  • Pick up a FREE Safe Sharps container at your local community pharmacy.
  • Place your used sharps into the Safe Sharps container.
  • When the container is almost full, seal the lid.
  • Return the sealed container to your community pharmacy.
  • If required,  ask for another empty safe sharps cpntainer.


Used Sharps Information Website 2021

The Safe Sharps program is funded by Nova Scotia's pharmacies, sharps manufacturers and medication distributors.  For more information visit:



The Safe Sharps program does not include used sharps from any commercial business includingmedical, dental, or veterinary clinics, home care professionals, assisted living facilities, group homes, nursing homes, long-term facilities or farms.  If your business has needles to dispose of, please contact your respective professional association.



FREE Safe Sharps Drop-Off Event: Ended for the season

Remember, used needles, lancets and other sharps DO NOT get disposed of in the garbage, blue bags or green cart for disposal.  If you do not have a way to dispose of needles, please give the hotline a call at 902-567-1337.

Be safe with your Used Sharps and Dispose of them Properly!

Safe Sharps Educator

 This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE