Fire department to handle safe disposal of discarded needles in Kelowna

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The Metropolis of Kelowna says it can as soon as once more be counting on the fireplace division in the case of protected needle disposal.

On Thursday, the town introduced that individuals who discover improperly discarded needles inside metropolis limits ought to cellphone the fireplace division. The quantity is the fireplace division’s non-emergency line: 250-469-8801. Callers are requested to pick out the needle assortment possibility.

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Discarded needles are an unusual sight in some areas of Kelowna, particularly within the downtown core. In January, the town inspired the general public to choose up discarded needles, stating it’s not as harmful because it sounds.

The town’s web site stated, “We perceive that discovering improperly disposed needles could cause nervousness, nevertheless it’s essential to know that, based on Inside Well being, the chance of getting sick from a needle is extraordinarily low.”

The general public’s response was combined, with some feedback trending negatively.

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“We acknowledge the general public issues over this problem and have taken motion,” stated Lance Kayfish, neighborhood security director for the Metropolis of Kelowna. “It doesn’t matter what space of the town you might be in or whether or not the needle is discovered outside adjoining to personal or on public property.

“For those who don’t really feel snug safely disposing of the needle your self, name the quantity, and workers will come out to help with protected pick-up.”

The town added there are needle disposal containers the place warranted, together with preventative measures, reminiscent of day by day checks of parks and seashores.

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“There are greater than 36 needle assortment containers in out of doors public washrooms and public areas all through the neighborhood,” stated Kayfish.

“Inside Well being has additionally offered us with a number of new disposal containers to put in in areas with probably the most want. The heavy-duty vibrant yellow containers are massive and simple to identify, and permit folks to get rid of a needle inside a closed container.”

The containers are situated on the Kelowna RCMP detachment, the Rutland Neighborhood Policing workplace and at Outreach City Well being. Further details about discarded needle assortment is accessible on-line or choose up a brochure at metropolis corridor, Parkinson Recreation Centre and the KLO and Rutland Neighborhood Policing workplaces.

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Additionally, the town says if residents do choose up discarded needles, they’re requested to not place them within the rubbish or recycling, even when the discarded needle is inside a closed-lid container.

For extra details about protected needle disposal, go to

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