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The Capital City Cleanup program with the City of Edmonton is responsible for safe needle collection and disposal from public property. Our focus is on enhancing community safety by providing a safe and reliable way to dispose of needles and needle debris. Our goal, in collaboration with our community partners, is to keep our streets, parks and playgrounds clean and safe for everyone. 

If you see a needle, call 311 or use the 311 app.

When reporting a needle using the 311 App, your ticket will show as being ‘closed’. This means needle pick up has been scheduled.

If the needle is on public property, we will coordinate pick-up and disposal. 

If the needle is on private property, we will provide you with the information you need to pick-up and dispose of the needle safely.

To help you safely handle and dispose of needles, follow these three steps:

  1. Pick-up needle(s), pointing away from your body, with tongs or thick gloves
  2. Place needle(s) in a metal or hard plastic, sealed container and label it ‘used needles’
  3. Wash hands with soap and warm water

Where Do I Dispose Of The Needle(s)?

There are a number of options available to dispose of a needle(s) safely. See our interactive map that shows the locations of needle boxes and eco stations. 

For injection drug users, Streetworks provides a free needle exchange service.

Although it’s always important to be careful, there is minimal risk in picking up a used needle. The risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis from an accidental needle stick is very low. Most viruses become inactive after being exposed to the air. The vast majority of people will not get sick by picking up or getting poked by a needle. If you need more detailed information, please visit  myhealth.alberta.ca/needlesafety.

Information Guide

Safe Needle Collection and Disposal in Edmonton 

FAQs

What do we know about needle use in Edmonton?

People use needles for many different reasons. They are many medical conditions that involve using needles at home. Diabetes is the most common. Some people inject drugs because they have an addiction. Everyone who uses needles has the same need to get rid of their needles safely. With safe disposal, no one gets hurt accidentally.

What is the City doing to reduce needles on public property?

We are using data from 311 to track the number of calls for needle pick-up and the numbers of needles collected. This data helps us to place safe needle disposal boxes where they are needed most. 

How often does the City pick up needles on public property?

Edmontonians can call 311 for needle pick up seven days a week between 8am and 4 pm. We aim to have the needle(s) collected within two hours of the initial call. If a call is received after hours and poses an immediate threat, Fire Rescue Services will respond to the call.

Will I get sick if I get scratched or poked by a needle?

Although it's always important to be careful, there is minimal risk in picking up a used needle. The risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis from an accidental needle stick is very low. Most viruses become inactive after being exposed to air. The vast majority of people will not get sick by picking up or getting poked by a needle. 

What should I do if I get scratched or poked by a needle?

Allow the wound to bleed freely. Wash the scratch or wound site right away with soap and warm water or alcohol based hand rub (sanitizer). Call Health Link at 811 for 24/7 health advice and to discuss what to do next. 

Does the City want residents to call 311 for needles found on private property?

If the City gets a call from a citizen about a needle(s) on private property, the City will collect this data to gauge the number of calls coming into 311 regarding private property and to note the number of needles found. This information will help to determine if more public education is needed on how to deal with needles on private property. It will also be used to help assess whether a needle disposal box in the vicinity might help to minimize the issue. 

Interactive Maps on Needles

Our interactive maps provide disposal locations and a picture of needles in Edmonton for 2017 and 2018.

Needle Disposal Locations

AADAC Recovery Centre
In the alley behind the Detox Centre
10302 107 Street

Bissell Centre
10527 96 Street

Bissell Thrift Store
8818 118 Avenue

Boyle McCauley Health Centre (front and rear)
In the front and alley behind the Health Centre
10628 96 Street

Boyle Street Community Services
10116 105 Avenue

George Spady Centre
Located in alley beside building
10015 105A Avenue

Giovanni Caboto Park
SW corner of Parks building facing 95 Street

Herb Jamieson Centre (south-east corner and west side)
10014 105 Avenue

Salvation Army
NW Corner parking lot
96118 - 101A Avenue

Urban Manor
9524 104 Avenue

Women's Emergency Accommodation Centre (WEAC)
In the parking lot next to WEAC
9611 101A Avenue

Needle Exchange Sites

Boyle McCauley Health Centre
10628 96 Street
780-422-7333 Ext. 1

Boyle Street Community Service
10116 105 Avenue
780-424-4106

HIV Edmonton
9702 111 Avenue
780-488 5742

STD Centre
11111 Jasper Avenue
780-413-5158

For More Information

Capital City Clean Up

Telephone

To report litter, graffiti vandalism or discarded needles, dial 311 (or 780-442-5311)

For Capital City Clean Up program inquiries, call 311

Fax 780-498-7098
Email capitalcitycleanup@edmonton.ca

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