Contributed by Des Ryan. Want to help “Clean Toronto Together” you can organize your own group and registered cleanup events at https://wx.toronto.ca/inter/city/mayorscleanup.nsf/Register?OpenForm. Eligible groups can obtain free litter and recycling bags. The City will also offer special litter collection for cleanups, subject to approval.
If you find needles on public property, call 311 and the City will arrange for removal. Otherwise, disposal is the responsibility of the home owner/property manager, which may be you. Place the item(s) in a plastic jug or water bottle and seal it. Clearly label the container “Needles” and call 311 or email http://www.toronto.ca/311/) to arrange to have the Toxic Taxi pick up the container. No minimum required.
If you live in the area bounded by Carlton, Parliament, Queen and Jarvis, email firstname.lastname@example.org noting the location of the harm-reduction items in addition to calling 311 or for instances where contacting 311 proves unhelpful. You should receive a response within 24 hours. This is a pilot project initiated by Street Health, Regent Park Community Health Centre, Margaret’s Toronto East Drop-In, Moss Park OPS, Fred Victor SIS, and All Saints Church Community Centre running until April 30th.
Whether on public or private property, use extreme caution when handling needles and, should you prick yourself, seek medical attention immediately.