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Our council tax (01454 868003) and benefits (01454 868002) telephone lines are currently unavailable. Please call 01454 868009 instead and you will be redirected to the correct service area. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will let you know once this has been resolved.

Safe collection and disposal of syringes

It is very important that you contact the Streetcare team immediately if you find drug related litter by calling 01454 868000 during normal office hours.

If you are calling out of office hours, please leave a message and someone will contact you as soon as possible. Please note there will be a charge for the removal of drug paraphernalia from private properties.

We aim to collect and safely dispose of this potentially hazardous material the same day as it is reported.

Please let us know:

  • details of where the items has been found and how many of them there are
  • your contact details – in case an officer cannot find the item


  • don’t touch the item
  • don’t put it in a litter bin
  • don’t try to flush it down a toilet

If you sustain an injury from a needle, follow this first aid advice:

  • encourage the wound to bleed, ideally by holding it under running water
  • wash the wound using running water and plenty of soap
  • don’t scrub the wound while you’re washing it
  • don’t suck the wound
  • dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing

Following this you should contact your GP surgery, walk in centre or local accident and emergency department.

More information can be found on the NHS Choices page explaining what you should do next and any further treatment that you may need.

For collection of diabetic sharps bins (needles/lancets/insulin cartridges) please go to our Clinical and medical waste collections page and complete a request form.

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