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Medical waste disposal

Needles, syringes and unused medication

Special containers are issued to patients so they can safely collect medical items such as syringes and injection devices, known as “sharps”.  Once full, the approved containers can be returned to the pharmacy for safe collection and disposal.

The initiative, which is funded by the Southern District Health Board, is available at participating pharmacies across the region.

Unused prescribed medication can also be returned at no charge to your pharmacy for safe disposal.

Please contact your nearest pharmacy for further details.

Other Medical Waste Disposal

If there is no other stated means of recycling or disposal then the items must be ideally placed in a tied plastic bag and disposed of in the rubbish.

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