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More than 12,000 needles were collected in Cambridge by Ambassador Program last year

A new pilot program launches Tuesday, preventing citizens from having to collect bio-hazardous needles by hand
Ambassador Program bin
Photo supplied by City of Cambridge

12,000 needles in the year breaks down to almost 33 needles per day.

A new design of the "Sharps" needle collection receptacles will appear in the downtown core of Galt on Tuesday.

Brian Geerts, Operation Manager for the City of Cambridge, says they've learned a lot from the first full summer of the Ambassador Program, which sparked the redesign of the receptacles.

"We've had some very positive results. We did a survey last fall, and we used that feedback to improve the things we were doing well and then fix some things that didn't go quite as smoothly the first year."

Instead of the large mailbox-sized bins which are out in the community right now, the new design will appear as black, wrought-iron, garbage cans.

According to Geerts, people felt self-conscious using the original bins.

The pilot program of the new design will remain in Galt for a year then be re-examined.

The Ambassador Program does more than collect needles. They can often be seen out in the city cleaning sidewalks, removing grafitti and weeds, providing tourism information and directions and connecting vulnerable people with social services when needed.


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