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Next Generation Needle Disposal

NeedleSmart has developed a market-leading technology that heats hypodermic needles into a molten state, prior to compressing it into a ball. The process takes just a fraction of a second to create a safe, sealed sphere of sterile metal that is no longer sharp!

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Next Generation Needle Disposal

A global problem with global implications

An introduction to our product

The Problem

A global problem with global implications
Needle Stick Injuries are an increasing problem throughout the world as each year globally 12,000,000,000 injections will be administered and of these up to 3,000,000 Needle Stick Injuries will occur.

Of healthcare workers suffering a Needle Stick Injury, across the UK:

  • 30% will contract Hepatitis B
  • 3% will contract Hepatitis C
  • 0.3% will contract HIV / AIDS

80% of all Needle Stick Injuries are preventable!

With over 100,000 reported Needle Stick Injuries in the UK alone, Spain in excess of 100,000, Germany 500,000 and USA 1,000.000 - Needle Stick Injuries (NSI) are a global problem with global implications.

The problem

The Solution

The NeedleSmart product addresses two major issues for global healthcare systems, the safety of the healthcare staff and the escalating compliance cost of disposing of post procedural needles.

The NeedleSmart product is designed as a sealed chamber storing needles and syringes in a sterilised safe form and it efficiently minimizes the possibility of post procedural Needle Stick Injury (NSI)

The NeedleSmart product heats the needles inserted to an excess of 1300 degrees °C which will kill potential harmful pathogens, viruses and bacteria adhering to the needle.

Sterilising the needle to be disposed of and melting it into a safe sphere inside the product allows the waste to be disposed as non-hazardous rather than hazardous clinical waste with considerable cost savings.

The solution

The Process

Stage 1
The used hypodermic needle is inserted into the NeedleSmart product, via our bespoke guide mechanism.

Stage 2
The NeedleSmart electronics detect the presence of a hypodermic within the product, and the destruction process begins, heating the needle to over 1300°C.

Stage 3
A couple of seconds later the destroyed needle is released from the NeedleSmart product as a safe, sterile sphere at the tip of a plastic line.

The process

Who is the NeedleSmart product aimed at?

Needles are used in a worldwide variety of applications from intensive or routine healthcare, laboratory work, urban hospitals, immunization center’s, military hospitals, and diabetic care through to recreational drug use.

Market sectors


Armed Forces

Animal Care




Latest News

5th December 2018

NeedleSmart is featured in Insider Magazine

NeedleSmart have been featured in Insider’s ‘Invest in Liverpool City Region 2019’ magazine. The article discusses NeedleSmart’s technology, which destroys hypodermic needles using extreme heat, allowing their safe disposal. The piece also mentions the company’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Liverpool which explored what happens inside needles during their use, plus how the […]

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NeedleSmart have been shortlisted for the Micro Business of the Year at the Knowsley Business Awards 2018.

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