The North Shore Business Improvement Association is collecting data to help identify hotspots in the city where syringes have been improperly discarded.
The map will be created by the city and will not be made public.
NSBIA executive director Jeremy Heighton said the goal is for community partners to understand where syringes are being found and at what frequency.
He said the data will help identify possible trends that could lead to improved resource allocation in collecting the improperly discarded syringes.
“It is simply to allow us to streamline and increase efficiency,” Heighton said.
Collection is done by multiple community resources, including through bins by Interior Health. City parks staff collect bins on city property and the ASK Wellness Society has a street team that responds to community reports. In addition, members of the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) team collect discarded syringes.
If someone finds an improperly discarded syringe, they can contact ASK Wellness at 250-299-5038.
Heighton said the issue of improperly discarded syringes is one that transcends the city and that residents in all neighbourhoods can fill out the needle registry information form, which can be found on the association’s website.