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City starts program to rid parks of used syringes, needles

Joy Wang
July 31, 2018 10:20 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County have created a plan to rid local parks of used needles and syringes.

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The program is called S.H.A.R.P.

People who spot needles or syringes in a park are asked to call 311, 505-768-2000, or report it on the city’s app.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller says city and county departments, such as police, fire/rescue and parks and rec will rotate every month and respond to the needle sightings in public spaces.

“We can do this fast. We can do this cheap. And it's also a way to own the part of this problem and take responsibility and say ‘a small thing we can do is try to keep our parks a little cleaner,’” said Tim Keller.

There will also be six kiosks placed throughout the city that will allow for community members to dispose of the needles.

But the city is warning people not to start cleaning the parks on their own. They will need proper equipment and training from Albuquerque's environmental health department.

Mayor Keller also reminded residents that just because there is a plan to clean up the dangerous items, there is still a bigger problem that needs to be addressed.

“Picking up needles does not in any way address the underlying issues. Substance abuse. Homelessness. But it will make our parks a little safer. A little cleaner. And more inviting,” said Keller.

Here’s a list of where the six kiosks are being placed:

Wilson Park
Caravan East
Tower Park
Jack and Jill Park
Coronado Park
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