Street care and cleaning

Needles and equipment associated with drug taking

If you find drug taking equipment, such as discarded syringes (needles), please report this to us.

Please do not:

  • pick up needles unless it poses an immediate danger to you or other residents
  • hide it
  • separate the needle from the syringe
  • put the cap back on the needle
  • play with the needle or syringe
  • put in a dustbin, down a drain, down the toilet or in a litter bin

Report discarded syringes (needles) and equipment associated with drug taking

To report discarded syringes you will need:

  • the exact location of where the discarded syringes are located

Report this to our Contact Centre.

If you feel you need to do something yourself then:

  • find a suitable container to put it in e.g. drinks can
  • take the container to the syringe/needle
  • handle the syringe carefully and do not touch the needle
  • put the sharp end into the container first
  • take it somewhere safe to await collection
  • wash your hands thoroughly afterwards

What action we will take

We treat needle collections as a high priority and your report will be dealt with as quick as possible. 

Our Street Wardens will review the details of your report and will remove the discarded syringes.

Once the discarded syringes have been removed, the Street Wardens will continue to monitor the area to see if there is any further activity and will work with the police to tackle and prevent drug related crime in the area.