sharps disposal unit

Information about the safe disposal of sharps such as needles, syringes and lancets.

What are sharps?

Sharps are medical devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut the skin. 

Examples include needles, syringes and lancets.

Sharps are used by a diverse range of community members including people with diabetes and other medical conditions, pet owners and people who use illicit substances. 

The safe disposal of used sharps supports public health and safety.

Where can I dispose of sharps in my community?

Sharps may be dropped off at community pharmacies, public health units, harm reduction sites and Sharps Disposal Units across the region.

Use the safe sharps disposal site finder to find disposal sites near you.

For organizations and businesses looking for sharps and medical waste disposal options, British Columbia Pharmacy Association provides a list of sharps disposal service providers.

What should I do if I find discarded sharps?

See our disposing of needles safely fact sheet for help with safe sharps handling and disposal.

Refer to our talking to children about needles fact sheet for tips when teaching children about needle safety.

If you require assistance, these organisations provide pick-up and disposal services:

  • Abbotsford

    Abbotsford Drug War Survivors

    800-397-0260 ext. 2
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week

    Positive Living Fraser Valley – Street Reach Team

    Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm   

    Warm Zone (SARA For Women) 

    Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Riverside Shelter (Lookout Housing and Health Society)   

    Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

  • Burnaby, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Tri-Cities

    Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families – Stride with Purpose Health Van

    Monday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Tuesday, 10:00 am – 8:30 pm; Wednesday – Friday, 2:00 pm – 3:30 am; Saturday – Sunday, 9:00 pm – 3:30 am

  • Chilliwack

    Pacific Community Resources Society – Mobile Harm Reduction Unit

    Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Delta, Surrey, White Rock

    Lookout Housing and Health Society - Mobile Harm Reduction Team 

    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

  • Langley

    Lookout Housing and Health Society - Mobile Harm Reduction Team

    Monday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm; Tuesday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Wednesday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm; Thursday – Friday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm 


What should I do if I am poked by a needle?

  1. Wash the affected area with soap and water. Do not squeeze.
  2. Seek medical attention immediately.
  3. Remember the risk of infection is very low. There are no reports of HIV infection following a needle stick injury in the community.

How is Fraser Health supporting safe sharps disposal in my community?

Fraser Health is currently implementing a Regional Community Sharps Management Strategy in partnership with municipalities, community pharmacies and harm reduction service providers.

The strategy aims to expand safe disposal options across the region and reduce inappropriately discarded sharps.

For more information, please contact


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