In­jury to garbage op­er­a­tors

New reg­u­la­tions im­ple­mented to keep garbage op­er­a­tors safe

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Municipal Election 2017 Results - sa­man­tha.gar­diner@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

Some work­ers have been in­jured while col­lect­ing garbage in sev­eral re­cent in­ci­dents in Grand Fall-Wind­sor.

Some res­i­dents have put bro­ken glass or nee­dles out at the curb and the items have not been prop­erly iden­ti­fied or pro­tected.

Since these in­ci­dents oc­curred, the Town of Grand Falls-Wind­sor has up­dated its garbage reg­u­la­tions to ad­dress dis­posal of sharp ob­jects, defin­ing what are con­sid­ered sharp ob­jects, how to dis­pose of them prop­erly, and how to iden­tify these items at the curb for garbage op­er­a­tors’ safety.

The up­date to garbage reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing sharp ob­jects and med­i­cal waste is as fol­lows:

Sharp ob­jects: Sharp ob­jects such as bro­ken glass, floures­cent­light bulbs, nails, screws, ra­zor blades, knives, metal scraps, wood splin­ters and sim­i­lar ob­jects may be set out for col­lec­tion only if the sharp ob­jects are placed in a card­board box or rigid con­tainer no longer

than two feet in any di­rec­tion, or wrapped in card­board and marked as such.

Con­tain­ers must be taped se­curely, with “SHARP OB­JECTS” clearly writ­ten on the box. The sharp ob­ject must not pen­e­trate the box/con­tainer in

any way that may be harm­ful to the garbage col­lec­tor or the pub­lic.

Med­i­cal sharps and sim­i­lar ob­jects

Med­i­cal sharps, such as hy­po­der­mic nee­dles or other sim­i­lar sharp ob­jects, must be placed in a rigid, punc­ture-proof con­tainer (i.e. de­ter­gent bot­tle) prior to be­ing placed in the garbage. Con­tain­ers must be drained of any liq­uid, and the lid of the con­tainer must be taped se­curely. The con­tainer must be placed in a reg­u­lar, clear garbage bag.

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