It’s been nearly 8 months since Barre launched its Safe Sharps Alliance and officials are calling the initiative a success.
Barre City’s Deputy Fire Chief Joe Aldsworth spearheaded the effort after dozens of needles were found littering streets, parks, and other public places.
With the help of the Vermont Health Department, Vermont CARES, and other community partners, 17 disposal boxes were strategically placed around Barre. The boxes have been filling up and calls about improperly disposed of needles are decreasing.
“We’ve collected over 290 gallons in the last 7 months,” said Deputy Chief Joe Aldsworth of the Barre City Fire Department. “That equates to about 140,000 individual needles.”
“There have been local entities that have actually purchased their own units,” said Joan Marie Misek of the Vermont Health Department. “Businesses, churches, affordable housing properties, they’re seeing the success and the need for this.”
All of the needles are incinerated at Central Vermont Medical Center.
The Safe Sharps Alliance is looking for public input on the impact of the disposal boxes so far. The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BarreSharpsDisposal?fbclid=IwAR061gI6x8xKd0RHHT62a6xqiry1aYOW56mHTyDWMu0W-IXjJAHWKVf8rzY