Cornwall

Cornwall public toilet review looking at sharps boxes

Sharps bin in toilet
Image caption Sharps bins are installed in toilets in Newquay

The possible provision of more sharps bins in public toilets is to be examined by Cornwall Council as part of a review into its 200 conveniences.

The review is being carried out by the unitary authority to create a standard policy after inheriting the toilets from six previous district councils.

Some toilets already have boxes, where drug users can dispose of old needles safely, including some in Newquay.

The council said the review would look at the best practice for having boxes.

'Resolved problems'

Jon James, who is in charge of the review, said he believed the containers already in toilets did reduce the problem of discarded needles.

He said: "I think in places that we have located them, they have resolved problems.

"In places where we don't have them, we do often find needles located behind toilets, cisterns and even on tops of doors frames, etc."

There are no statistics of how many needles have been disposed in such boxes in the county.

However, the county's Freshfield drug advice service said that, in the year to end of March, more than 230,000 needles were issued in its exchange programme.

The district councils were abolished when the new Cornwall Council unitary authority was formed in April 2009.

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