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Needle safety and safe street boxes

Needle safety

The needle safety program began in response to a high-level concern about the presence of discarded used needles in school yards, playgrounds, and parks and the chance that children and adults could accidentally be injured by them.

A number of City of Calgary departments and community groups organized a committee to create a solution. The needle safety program was developed and is working today to make Calgary's streets safer for everyone.

Safe street boxes

Safe streets boxes are placed in various locations throughout Calgary for citizens to dispose of used needles. The installation of the boxes is done following requests from the community and discussion of the surrounding issues raised.

To open discussions for the installation of a box, please call 311 or 403-268-2489 if calling from outside Calgary.​​