Monday, 23 February 2009

NEW SHARPS BOXES INTRODUCED

Thanet district Council press release

New sharps boxes have been placed in a number of toilets across Thanet for the safe disposal of safety pins, razors, diabetic needles, syringes and other sharp objects.

One box has been installed in the male toilets and one in the female toilets at the following locations:
Buenos Ayres, Margate
College Walk shopping centre, Margate
The Centre, Margate
Harold Road car park, Cliftonville
St. George’s Lawn, Cliftonville
Cavendish Street car park, Ramsgate
Harbour Parade, Ramsgate

Community Safety Officer Jess Bailey said: “Every week, sharp objects are found unsafely discarded in public places, with the council’s Waste and Recycling team responding to any calls where needles or dangerous sharp objects have been found. It’s hoped that by installing these community boxes, it will help to reduce the amount of discarded sharps.”

Helpline numbers have also been put on the sharp boxes for the Kent Centre for Addiction (KCA) Thanet for anyone with a drug problem who wants help. They can be contacted on 01843 298355 ext. 201.

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