Newton BIA launching needle program

BIA director Philip Aguirre wants to help combat the ongoing needle problem in the Surrey community

Newton BIA director Philip Aguirre has plans to launch a needle program in the town centre.

Newton BIA director Philip Aguirre wants to help combat the ongoing needle problem in the area.

“Needles and needle debris are a challenging issue for Newton, however Newton is not alone,” said Aguirre.

The BIA is embarking upon a pilot project and installing 10 safe needle boxes in “high volume” areas behind businesses.

“So your typical back alley where you’d see illegal dumping and public intoxication and stray needles,” explained Aguirre.

Members of the BIA’s Newton Safety Unit – which includes Commissionaires, volunteers and city bylaw staff – will be given sharps containers for collections during patrols. Sharps containers are made of hard plastic with a small opening at the top, especially made for safely holding used needles, syringes or lancets.

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