WELLINGTON DUFFERIN GUELPH PUBLIC HEALTH
HEALTH PROTECTION DIVISION
CATEGORY: GENERIC NUMBER: HPD 1 090
SUBJECT: SHARPS DROP-OFF PROGRAM PAGE: 1 of 2
APPROVED BY: Director of Health Protection DATE: Aug. 1996
It is the policy of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health that, in
partnership with the City of Guelph, a sharps drop-off point will be maintained in
Guelph, Belwood, and Orangeville offices to receive used sharps from the
community to prevent transmission of communicable disease.
1. A container will be placed in the reception area of each office and clearly
marked “For Sharps Only” with the Biohazardous Waste stickers applied to
2. When members of the community bring sharps for drop-off, the reception
staff will ask if the sharps have been soaked in bleach for a minimum of 24
hours and/or autoclaved, prior to draining off the bleach. Should the bleach
not be drained off, reception staff will ask that this be completed prior to
dropping them in the sharps bin. The individual may take the sharps
container to a sink in the Public Health office to drain off the bleach.
3. If a person brings in an individual sharp (or sharps not in a proper
container), Reception staff will provide a Public Health sharps container to
place the sharps in. Sharps containers can be obtained from a member of
the Vaccine Preventable Disease team.
4. Public Health staff are NOT TO DIRECTLY HANDLE any of the sharps, but
are asked to correctly direct people as to where the sharps should be
5. The program Support Staff will monitor the fullness of the disposal bin on a
weekly basis. When the bin is full in Belwood and Guelph, Support Staff will
contact the Public Works Department, Solid Waste Services, to arrange for
pick-up and disposal of bin. When the bin is full in Orangeville, the Support
Staff will contact the Director of Health Protection to arrange for pick-up and
disposal of bin.
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6. Incoming phone calls regarding sharps drop-off can be directed to intake. If
intake is unavailable, calls can be redirected to any member of the
Communicable Disease team if required.
7. Any individual calling to inquire about disposing of sharps should be advised
about the two available drop-off sites:
• Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health – Belwood, Guelph and
Orangeville offices open Monday – Friday.
• Eastview Landfill Site – open Monday
closed Sundays and holidays.
NOTE: Option B is for Wellington County residents only!
8. Individuals wanting to drop-off sharps at either point should be advised to
prepare sharps for drop-off.
9. In the City of Guelph, any incoming calls reporting a sharps discovered on
public property can be directed to the Public Works Department, Solid
Waste Services, to report and arrange for pick-up of sharps. After hours,
any calls to report sharps can be directed to call the city police. In all other
areas, these calls are to be directed to the local police department.
In Effect: November 18, 1996
Date Revised: July 6, 2001
Date Revised: March 20, 2003
Date Revised: August 25, 2005