What to do with used needles and crack pipes

  • For health and safety reasons, sharp objects cannot be put in the garbage or recycling, or flushed down the toilet (By-law 2009-396, Schedule “J”)
  • Garbage is compacted during collection so even when placed in a puncture-proof container, needles, crack pipes or glass stems can be exposed and injure someone

There are several ways to properly dispose of needles or crack pipes:Image of a Needle drop box

Needle drop boxes

Residents should place their needles or glass stems in a non-breakable puncture proof container with a lid (no larger than a two-litre pop bottle or 15” by 4 ½”) and place in one of the secure tamper-proof Needle Drop Boxes available at various locations throughout Ottawa.

Please note that larger containers of needles can be dropped off at Ottawa Public Health locations at 100 Constellation Drive or 179 Clarence Street.

Needle Drop Boxes are at the following locations: Central | East | South | West

Central

Name

Address

Drop Box location

AIDS Committee of Ottawa

700-251 Bank Street

In stairwell

Bell Pharmacy

737 Gladstone Avenue

Back parking lot

Burger King

199 Montreal Road

On Montreal Road along fence

Capital Parking Lot

151 George Street

On George Street along fence

Centre 507

507 Bank Street

Main entrance

Centretown Community Health Centre

420 Cooper Street

Main entrance

City of Ottawa - Sexual Health Centre

179 Clarence Street

Main entrance

Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital

43 Bruyère Street

Main entrance

Fire Station

135 Preston Street 

Main entrance

Fire Station

635 O’Connor Street

Main entrance

Fire Station

530 King Edward Avenue

Main entrance

Fire Station

700 Brookfield Road

Main entrance

Lowertown – York @ Nelson

278 York Street

Parking lot entrance

Lowetown Community Resources – Dental Health Clinic

40 Cobourg Street

Side entrance

Medical Building

737 Parkdale Avenue

Front sidewalk

Montfort Hospital

713 Montreal Road

Near main entrance

Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre

401 Somerset Street West 

Main entrance

Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre

263 Montreal Road

Main Entrance

Ottawa Community Housing 

123 Augusta Street

Main Entrance

Ottawa Community Housing 

380 Murray Street

Main Entrance 

Ottawa Community Housing 

251/255 Donald Street

Main Entrance 

Ottawa Community Housing 

415 Maclaren Street 

Main Entrance 

Ottawa Hospital - Riverside Campus

1967 Riverside Drive

Main entrance

Parking garage

141 Clarence Street

Murray Street entrance

Public Works Garage

380 Catherine Street

 Front Gate

Public Works Garage

356 MacArthur Avenue

 Front Gate

Saint Vincent Hospital

60 Cambridge Street North

Main entrance

Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

221 Nelson Street

Main entrance

Shepherds of Good Hope

256 King Edward Avenue

2nd floor Men's Shelter

Shepherds of Good Hope

233 Murray Street

Back parking lot

Somerset West Community Health Centre

55 Eccles Street

Main entrance

St. Margaret’s Church

206 Montréal Road

Back parking lot

Vanier Snack Shack

200 Deschamps Avenue

Near main entrance

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

299 Montreal Road

Main entrance

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East

Name

Address

Drop Box location

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

401 Smyth Road

Main entrance

*City of Ottawa - Bylaw Services (no public access)

735 Industrial Avenue

Inside garage

Fire Station

500 Charlemagne Boulevard 

Main entrance

Fire Station

3336 McCarthy Drive

Main entrance

Fire Station

900 Industrial Avenue

Main entrance

Fire Station

2355 Alta Vista Drive

Main entrance

Fire Station

900 Montreal Road

Main entrance

Fire Station

6213 Jean D’Arc Boulevard

Main entrance

Fire Station

1700 Blair Road

Main entrance

Fire Station

275 Coventry Road

Main entrance

Fire Station

220 Beechwood Avenue

Main entrance

Fire Station

3255 Conroy Road

Main entrance

Ontario Medical Supply

1100 Algoma Road

Near main entrance

Ottawa Community Housing 

2100 Russell Road 

Main Entrance

Ottawa Hospital - General Campus

501 Smyth Road

Main entrance

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South

Name

Address

Drop Box location

City of Ottawa Metcalfe Client Service Centre

8243 Victoria Street, Metcalfe

Main entrance

Fire Station

5669 Manotick Main Street

Main entrance

Public Works Garage

3100 Conroy Road

 Front Gate

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West

Name

Address

Drop Box location

Carlington Community and Health Services

900 Merivale Road

Main entrance

Causeway

22 O’Meara Street

Back parking lot

City of Ottawa - Office Complex

100 Constellation Drive

Main entrance

Dulude Arena

941 Clyde Avenue

East side of building

Fire Station

3845 Richmond Road 

Main entrance

Fire Station

1075 Greenbank Road

Main entrance

Fire Station

380 Eagleson Road

Main entrance

Fire Station

1443 Carling Avenue

Main entrance

Fire Station

1300 Woodroffe Avenue

Main entrance

Fire Station

1397 Richmond Road

Main entrance

Fire Station

230 Viewmount Drive

Main entrance

Fire Station

60 Knoxdale Road

Main entrance

Fire Station

1641 Main Street (Stittsville)

Main entrance

Fire Station

1021 Teron Road

(Kanata North)

Ottawa Community Housing

1400 Lepage Avenue

Seating area beside parking lot

Ottawa Community Housing (Bellevue Community Centre)

1475 Caldwell Avenue

Main entrance

Ottawa Fertility Clinic

955 Green valley Crescent

Main entrance behind building

Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus

1053 Carling Avenue

Main entrance

Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus

190 Melrose Avenue

Side Entrance

Public Works Garage

1683 Woodward Avenue

 Front Gate

Public Works Garage

320 Bloomfield Avenue

 Front Gate

Public Works Garage

29 Hurdman Road

 Front Gate

Queensway-Carleton Hospital

3045 Baseline Road

Main entrance

Richmond IDA Pharmacy

6179 Perth Street, Richmond

Main entrance

Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

1145 Carling Avenue

Main entrance

Stittsville IDA Pharmacy

1250 Main Street

Main entrance


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For more information on the location of Needle Drop Boxes, call 3-1-1.

How to pick up and dispose of needles and crack pipes

Children should never touch a discarded needle or crack pipe. If an adult chooses not to pick up a needle or crack pipe, call 3-1-1 to make arrangements to have the City pick them up immediately.

How to pick up a needle or crack pipe on your own:

  1. Treat all needles and crack pipes (glass stems) as contaminated.
  2. Wear gloves (i.e. latex, rubber or leather gardening gloves). Gloves are meant to protect against fluid contamination, not punctures or cuts.
  3. Use tongs, pliers or tweezers to pick up the needle. Be sure to clean and disinfect the pickup instrument afterwards.
  4. Pick up the needle by the plastic end (syringe).
  5. Point the needle tip away from your body. Be very careful not to poke yourself with the needle.
  6. Put the sharps disposal container on a stable surface next to the needle. Do not hold the container in your hand while placing the needle inside.
  7. Place the needle point down into the container. Do not force the needle into the container.
  8. If you do not have a specialized sharps container, put the needle into a non-breakable, puncture-proof container with a lid. (i.e. thick plastic bottle or tin can.)
  9. Close the container securely.
  10. Find the nearest needle disposal location. Do not flush needles down the toilet or put them in the garbage or recycling box.
  11. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after removal of gloves.

If a needle injury occurs, seek immediate medical attention.

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