Broken glass danger for bin men
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.