Publications & Reports

Syringe disposal bins: the outcomes of a free trial for city traders in an inner-city municipality Australia.

Devaney M, Lynda Berends L
Centre for Harm Reduction, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia. [email protected]


Community responses toward discarded syringes have the potential to threaten the sustainability of harm reduction interventions. Many retailers in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia, have expressed concern about drug use and the associated discarded syringes. The Melbourne City Council has responded to these concerns through a variety of strategies. One such strategy was a 6-month free trial of syringe bins for businesses (2003-2004). The MCC commissioned an external evaluation of the trial. Eighteen business representatives and six key informants undertook semistructured interviews to monitor issues arising throughout the trial. Syringe disposal bins are a useful option for facilitating appropriate syringe disposal; 11 of the 13 businesses that participated in the trial continued with the maintenance of the syringe disposal bins beyond the free trial period.


  • Journal: Substance Use & Misuse
  • Published: 01/01/2008
  • Volume: 43
  • Issue: 1
  • Pagination: 139-153