Sy­ringe dis­posal boxes un­likely

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

It is look­ing in­creas­ingly un­likely that safe dis­posal boxes for used sy­ringes will be in­stalled in pub­lic ar­eas around Nar­ro­gin.

The Shire of Nar­ro­gin said it was con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the prob­lem of in­cor­rectly dis­posed sy­ringes be­ing left around town.

Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous school hol­i­days, res­i­dents ex­pressed their frus­tra­tion on so­cial me­dia af­ter par­ents found used sy­ringes near the Lions Park play­ground.

Shire of Nar­ro­gin chief ex­ec­u­tive Dale Ste­wart said chemists in town, as well as at the hos­pi­tal, of­fered sharp dis­posal fa­cil­i­ties.

“At this stage, we are not in­clined to put in place, pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties in our toi­lets or the main street be­cause the war­rant doesn’t seem to sug­gest the need for it,” he said.

In­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance costs are also a fac­tor de­ter­ring the Shire from in­stalling sy­ringe dis­posal boxes in town.

“When you put sharp dis­posal con­tain­ers in pub­lic ar­eas, you then have an obli­ga­tion to su­per­vise, mon­i­tor and empty those fa­cil­i­ties,” Mr Ste­wart said. “That comes at a cost as well. “Un­less the num­ber of in­ci­dents in­creases, there doesn’t ap­pear to be a need for the coun­cil to au­tho­rise place­ment in the main street or pub­lic spa­ces.

“Hope­fully peo­ple are do­ing the right thing and us­ing the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties, such as the chemists and hos­pi­tal.”

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

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