Bro­ken glass dan­ger for bin men

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HULBURT

A bin man and keen run­ner was left with a badly gashed knee caused by un­wrapped rub­bish left out for col­lec­tion.

The Marl­bor­ough District Coun­cil con­trac­tor, who has not been named, was one of three hurt on the job in the last few months.

He needed hospi­tal treat­ment for his in­jury.

Coun­cil staff say the dis­tress­ing in­ci­dents were a di­rect re­sult of peo­ple not wrap­ping bro­ken glass se­curely and called for the pub­lic to be ex­tra vig­i­lant.

Marl­bor­ough District Coun­cil solid waste man­ager Alec Mc­Neil says sharp ob­jects needed to be dis­posed of prop­erly.

‘‘The rule has al­ways been if glass is bro­ken, wrap it up and tape it up.

‘‘In this case some­one had put glass out in a bag for kerb­side col­lec­tion and when he swung it up onto the truck he suf­fered a bad cut to his knee.

‘‘He was taken to hospi­tal and also needed a tetanus-booster shot,’’ he says.

Bro­ken glass can be left out for col­lec­tion but Mc­Neil says it should al­ways be wrapped se­curely in sev­eral lay­ers of news­pa­per - or put into an­other con­tainer.

Shat­tered plate glass from bro­ken win­dows can­not be put out for col­lec­tion and needs to be taken to a trans­fer sta­tion and dis­posed of as rub­bish.

Plate glass is not ac­cepted for kerb­side re­cy­cling and can­not be thrown into bot­tle bins at the re­cy­cling cen­tre on Tay­lor Pass Rd.

Mc­Neil says ac­ci­dents ‘‘only need to hap­pen once for it to be a con­cern.’’

‘‘Glass jars and bot­tles are ac­cepted in the kerb­side col­lec­tion but never put bro­ken glass in the re­cy­cling crate.

‘‘This is a timely re­minder for peo­ple to take care with what they are leav­ing out,’’ he says.

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