The Regional District says they’ve notice an increase in the number of sharp objects, especially needles, being thrown in the yellow recycling bins over the past six weeks.
Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Penson explains the items in the bins are taken to one facility where a line of people who sort it by hand.
He says if an employee is poked with a needle they must go through a year-long protocol of blood tests, which would be an awful experience and potential serious health risk.
Penson also points out, such a discovery forces them to shut down the operation and look for evidence of more needles.
The RDEK is asking the public to properly dispose of needles in designated containers that are available at most pharmacies.
Penson adds they will be talking to Interior Health, harm reduction agencies and drug stores, supplying them with informative hand-outs that care be shared with the public and users.
– RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Penson
– RDEK release