Sharps disposal

Do not place sharps in your household waste and recycling.

They can cause injury to the collection teams and other people that may handle your waste.

Sharps take back scheme

A Sharps take back scheme is available on the Island.

This is for the disposal of needles or syringes with needles (sharps).

Containers issued by your healthcare professional can be returned to pharmacies across the Island.

You will be issued with a replacement container as required.

Boots Pharmacy122-126 High Street, Newport, PO30 1TP
Boots PharmacyCowes Medical Centre, 200 Newport Road, Cowes, PO31 7ER
Boots PharmacyTower House, Rink Road, Ryde, PO33 1LP
Boots Pharmacy170-172 High Street, Ryde, PO33 2HW
Boots Pharmacy 25 High Street, Bembridge, PO35 5SD
Boots Pharmacy15 High Street, Sandown, PO36 8DA
Boots Pharmacy1 High Street, Shanklin, PO37 6LA
Boots Pharmacy3 High Street, Ventnor, PO38 1RY
Boots Pharmacy1 Moa Place, School Green Road, Freshwater, PO40 9DS
Day Lewis Pharmacy86-88 High Street, Newport, PO30 1BH
Day Lewis Pharmacy22 Carisbrooke High Street, Newport, PO30 1NR
Day Lewis Pharmacy7 High Street, Cowes, PO31 7SA
Day Lewis Pharmacy43 High Street, Wootton, PO33 4LU
Day Lewis Pharmacy23 Sandown Road, Lake, PO36 9JL
Day Lewis Pharmacy51 Regent Street, Shanklin, PO37 7AE
Gibbs & Gurnell34 Union Street, Ryde, PO33 2LE
Kemkay Chemist3 Clifton Buildings, Avenue Road, Freshwater, PO40 9UT
Lloyds Pharmacy41-42 Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1XB
Lloyds PharmacyEast Cowes Medical Centre, East Cowes, PO32 6RP
Lloyds Pharmacy18 The Esplanade, Ryde, PO33 2DZ
Lloyds PharmacySandown Medical Centre, The Broadway, Sandown, PO36 9ET
Lloyds Pharmacy1 Albert Street, Ventnor, PO38 1EZ
Niton PharmacyHigh Street, Niton, PO38 2AZ
Regent Pharmacy10 Well Road, East Cowes, PO32 6SP
Regent Pharmacy59 Regent Street, Shanklin, PO37 7AE
Sainsburys PharmacyFoxes Road, Newport, PO30 5ZB
Seaview PharmacyPier Road, Seaview, PO34 5BL
Tesco PharmacyBrading Road, Ryde, PO33 1QS
Yarmouth Pharmacy4 Quay Street, Yarmouth, PO41 0PB

If you have a 5l or 7l sharps box that you are unable to dispose of at any of the participating pharmacies, please contact the Waste Team on (01983) 823777 or

Flytipped sharps

If you find sharps or other hazardous healthcare waste fly tipped on council owned land, call us on 01983 823777 or complete the online formWe will then arrange for it to be cleared.

Emergency Hit Squad

The Emergency Hit Squad form is only to be used to report hazardous items, for example: hypodermic syringes, needles or broken glass that may cause a risk to human health on council owned or maintained land.

The Emergency Hit Squad will collect hazardous materials and make safe any dangerous or hazardous waste on authority owned and managed land including:

  • parks
  • amenity beaches
  • Public Rights of Way
  • council offices
  • Isle of Wight Council managed car parks
  • any other unspecified authority land.

Items on private land will not be removed. Items on a public road or pavement should be reported to Island Roads on 01983 822440 or online at fix my street.