How To Handle A Found Syringe
Occasionally, members of the general 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.
Use extreme caution when picking up syringes in order to prevent injury. Do not touch the needle.
It is recommended that syringes be picked up using pliers, tongs, or other similar tools. 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. The container should have a tight-fitting closure or lid. Containers such as a glass jar with a screw-on lid, a coffee can with a tight-fitting snaplid, or a heavy duty plastic milk jug with a screw-on lid would be acceptable containers. 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. Call your local Fire Department, if they are not on this list. Most Fire Departments will take found syringes. There is no charge at these facilities for drop-off of syringes found by the general public.