Sharps disposal concerns
PUBLIC safety concerns have again been raised over a sharps disposal bin at Toormina, which this morning was full to the brim and overflowing with needles.
The bin was the subject of a health safety investigation last year after a toddler in a nearby pre-school playground was pricked with a used cannula.
"This is just unacceptable and really a huge concern," an alarmed local told the Advocate.
"I use the bin regularly and at the moment the used needles are accessible to anyone.
"I am reluctant to dispose my used medical sharps into the bin until it is emptied so I have been stockpiling them at home."
The sharps disposal bins managed by local councils are emptied weekly by contracted companies.
Shortly after the problem was raised this morning, Coffs Harbour City Council advised that a staff member had inspected the bin and found bags of household rubbish were blocking the hopper.
"The bin itself is only about half full of the designated waste," a council spokesperson said.
"We would urge people to make sure they dispose of their household waste correctly through the Coffs Coast Waste Service or by taking it to the Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Facility at Englands Road."