How To Handle A Found Syringe
Occasionally, members of the public may find syringes that have been improperly disposed of or discarded. Syringes are a potential health and safety hazard to those who may encounter them.
The needles on syringes may cause injuries such as cuts, punctures, abrasions, and, if contaminated with infectious organisms, may transmit communicable diseases.
Oregon law requires that syringes be disposed of in a manner that protects public health and safety. Syringes may not be disposed of with other municipal or residential garbage. Individuals found in violation of the law are subject to a civil penalty of up to $500 per occurrence.
The following procedure is intended to provide a method for members of the public to safely and legally dispose of discarded syringes which they may find in their community.
To prevent injury, use extreme caution when picking up syringes. Do not touch the needle.
It is recommended that syringes be picked up using pliers, tongs, or similar tool. Additionally, heavy leather or canvas gloves should be worn when attempting to pick up the syringe.
Place the syringe in a rigid, puncture-proof container with a tight-fitting closure or lid such as a glass jar with a screw-on lid, a coffee can with a tight-fitting snap lid, or a heavy duty plastic milk jug with a screw-on lid. The lid or closure should also then be secured with strong tape.
Transport the container to the nearest drop-off facility. Please call prior to delivery. Most fire departments will take found syringes, So check if they are not on the list. There is no charge at these facilities for drop-off of syringes found by the general public.
Disposal In Salem
Salem Fire Department Headquarters, 370 Trade SE, 503-588-6245
Salem Fire Department Training, 2740 25th SE, 503-588-6245
Immediate Care and Med. Clinic, Salem, 3777 Commercial SE, 503-588-9026
Disposal In Keizer
- Keizer Fire District, 661 Chemawa NE, 503-393-1045
Disposal In Stayton
- Stayton Fire District, 1988 W. Ida, 503-769-2601
Disposal In Turner
- Turner Fire District, 7605 3rd St., 503-743-2190
Disposal In Aumsville
Aumsville Fire District, 490 Church, 503-749-2894
Disposal In Jefferson
- Jefferson Fire District, 189 N. Main, 541-327-2822
Disposal In Silverton
306 S Water St, 503-873-5326
- Silverton Fire District, 819 Rail Way NE, 503-873-5328
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