In recent weeks, the City of Peterborough says there has been an increase in the number of used syringes found in City blue boxes. Workers have been jabbed with exposed needles, causing great concern about their well-being.
The city reminds the public it is not permitted to place used needles into your blue box or garbage. They pose an extreme health and safety risk, both to the workers who must handle them, as well as to children who may inadvertently come into contact with them.
Used needles are to be taken to your neighbourhood pharmacy for free, safe disposal. They will also be accepted at the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot. Take them in a puncture-proof container.
Broken glass is another item that injures many waste collectors each year. If you have broken glass, wrap it in several layers of paper or cloth and secure it with tape before placing it in the garbage. Never put broken glass into your blue box.