What do Safe Needle Disposal Boxes look like and where are they located?
Needle Disposal Boxes are painted yellow and each have a single, round opening on the side for collecting used needles. Currently, a total of 21 bright yellow Needle Disposal Boxes are installed around Lethbridge in locations where needle debris is a recurring problem. Of this total, 18 are in public locations identified below, and 3 are located on private properties.
1. Adams Park – two boxes, one south of Adams Ice Centre, one west of Adams Ice Centre
2. Lethbridge Emergency Shelter & Resource Centre, 802-2A Avenue North
3. Stafford Drive North overpass
4. North fence long railway tracks east of Stafford Drive North overpass
5. Supervised Consumption Site, 1016-1 Avenue South
6. Galt Gardens – by the public restrooms, under the pergola
7. Provincial Courthouse, 320-4 Street South
8. Provincial Building, 200-5 Avenue South
9. Crabb Street Parking Lot, 607-5 Avenue South
10. Lethbridge Public Library – parking lot
11. Between City Hall & Yates Centre
12. Civic Field – northwest perimeter, behind the YMCA
13. 6 Avenue South bus stop (800 block)
14. YWCA – by the east fence & west of the building in the alley, 604 - 8 Street South
15. London Road Park – 7 Street South & 7 Avenue South
16. Kinsmen Park, 900 block of 10 Street South
Needle Disposal Boxes are also installed at businesses around the city where needle debris has been a recurring problem.
Additional Needle Disposal Boxes may be installed at other locations as the need arises. If you are repeatedly finding needles in a specific area of Lethbridge, please call ARCHES Needle Pickup Hotline at 403-332-0722, and they will assess the need to install an additional Needle Disposal Box to reduce the risk of unsafe disposal of needles.
What are sharps containers, and where are they available?
A sharps container is made of hard plastic with a small opening at the top. These containers are specially made for holding used needles and come in various sizes. You can buy sharps containers at most pharmacies.
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