Hazardous waste such as syringes, diabetic needles and lancets pose a significant health risk and need to be disposed of safely.
To report an incident call our street warden team immediately on 01594 810000.
It is strongly advised that you do not attempt to pick up the syringe yourself.
Do not place diabetic needles, syringes or lancets in any general refuse sacks or bins - you may not only be risking your own health but that of the operatives that pick up the waste.
Using a special sharps box is the safest way to dispose of hypodermic needles. These are available on prescription from your local GP surgery or can be purchased directly from the pharmacy at a small cost. Once full, boxes must be returned sealed to either your local surgery or to one of the pharmacies in Gloucestershire participating in the take back scheme.
Below is a list of pharmacies which are currently included in the syringe 'take back' scheme in the Forest of Dean:
- Boots Pharmacy, Bream (High Street)
- Boots Pharmacy, Cinderford (Market Street)
- Co-op Pharmacy, Lydney (Newerne Street)
- Co-op Pharmacy, Cinderford (Dockham Road)
- Day Lewis Pharmacy, Newent (Broad Street)
- Day Lewis Pharmacy, Coleford (Park Road)
- Day Lewis Pharmacy, Coleford (Pyart Court)
- Day Lewis Pharmacy, Sedbury (Beachley Road)
- Lloyds Pharmacy, Lydney (Newerne Street)
- Lloyds Pharmacy, Coleford (Pyart Court)
- Mitcheldean Pharmacy (Churchill Way)
- Newnham Pharmacy (High Street)
Sharps and sharp boxes must not be disposed of in the general household rubbish. Nor can clinical waste be taken to the Household Recycling Centre.