Inner West Council

Medical Wastes & Sharps Disposal

Unwanted Medicines

Unwanted and out of date medicines can be returned to any pharmacy for correct disposal.

Out of date prescribed goods can be a potential hazard for children and adults when "shared" amongst family members, or when stored in an area accessible by children. In Australia, 50 children are admitted to hospital every week as a result of poisoning involving consumption of medicines not intended for them.

More than 200 tonnes of out of date and unwanted medicines are inappropriately disposed of (in household garbage and down toilets and sinks) across Australia. These inappropriately disposed of medicines become a significant and serious contributor to environmental issues such as water quality and contaminated land.

By returning out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy, we can make our homes a safer place.

  1. Go to your home medicine area.
  2. Check expiry dates on all your medicines and separate all expired medicines into a container for return.
  3. Check that you actually need all the medicines - separate those medicines no longer needed into the container for return.
  4. Take the container to your local pharmacy for disposal.

For more information go to


Sharps Disposal Scheme

What are community sharps?
Community sharps is the name used to describe needles, syringes, lancets and similar equipment used to maintain a persons health.

Sharps waste should never be placed in the garbage or recycling bin!

How to dispose of used sharps correctly?

  1. Obtain a sharps container from a needle and syringe outlet to hold your used material
  2. When your container is full, secure the lid and deliver it to one of the following pharmacies:
Day and Night Chemist
1 Hercules Street, Ashfield
Phone: (02) 9797 8589
Mon-Fri 8.00am - 7:30pm
Thursday 8.00am - 8.00pm
Sat/Sun 8.30am - 7.00pm
Healthmore Pharmacy
230 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Phone: (02) 9798 5185
7 days 9:00am - 9:00pm
Ashfield Soul Pattison Chemist
Shop 5 Ashfield Mall
260A Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Phone: (02) 9716 7122

Ramsay Street Pharmacy
141 Ramsay Street, Haberfield
Phone: (02) 9798 7770

Inner West Council then arranges for collection and appropriate disposal of this waste.

For further information on Inner West Council’s Sharps Disposal Scheme please contact Council on 9392 5000.

What to do if you find used sharps?


If you find needles or syringes in a public place or on your private property leave them where they are and report the location to Council on 9392 5000.