New sharps exchange site opens

Published on 08 May 2014

Loddon Shire residents using Council’s diabetic sharps container exchange program have a new drop-off point in Pyramid Hill.

As from the beginning of this month, the new exchange site is at Pyramid Hill Pharmacy Depot.

The diabetic sharps container exchange program is fully funded by Council.  Residents who have diabetes or a medical need to use a sharps container are encouraged to access this service.

Other exchange sites in the Shire are:
• Council Offices at 41 High St, Wedderburn, and 37 Peppercorn Way, Serpentine
• Beaumont Hall Guardian Pharmacy, 54 Brooke St, Inglewood
• Boort Resource & Information Centre, 115 – 119 Godfrey St, Boort

For someone living with diabetes, medical waste includes:
• Finger-pricking device (lancet)
• Test strips from your blood glucose monitor
• Insulin syringes and needles

The correct way to dispose of this medical waste is in a yellow sharps container.

Exchange sites have three sizes to choose from and provide residents with these containers at no charge. When the container is full, simply drop off your sealed, clean container to any exchange site.

For more information, please phone the Environmental Health department at Loddon Shire Council on 5494 1200.