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.