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Minister urges residents not to put hazardous waste in trash

Public Works Minister Trevor Moniz has reiterated the call for residents to properly dispose of hazardous waste materials after acid fumes affected another garbage collector on Friday.

The latest incident occurred around 1.30pm in St David’s when the worker was exposed to fumes after a container of muriatic acid “placed in the regular garbage by a resident erupted while being compacted”.

The man was treated by first responders and at the hospital’s Emergency Ward and he is expected to make a full recovery.

But in follow-up to the press conference on Friday with Solid Waste Manager Allan Hunt, the Minister repeated the call for residents to be extra vigilant.

He also expressed disappointment that the incident occurred only a week after two garbage collection workers were splashed with muriatic acid that was also put out for collection.

The Minister said this indicated residents were being careless in disposing of their hazardous waste materials. And he strongly encouraged residents to not place hazardous substances, including faeces, into their garbage.

A reminder was also issued the Special Waste Days held during the year on May 17 and 18 and on the first two days of November at the Tynes Bay Waste to Energy Facility on Palmetto Road, Devonshire.

There is a list of items that present a health risk if placed in with regular garbage. That list includes fluorescent bulbs and tubes, household and vehicle batteries, PVC pipes, used motor oils, used paint cans, pesticides, acids, caustics and pool cleaners.

And it was also noted that the a comprehensive waste management programme is in place to deal with potentially harmful substances “with environmental sensitivity and minimal risk to human health”.

For more information visit www.wastemanagement.gov.bm or call 278-0560.

Public Works Minister Trevor Moniz

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Published April 22, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm)

Minister urges residents not to put hazardous waste in trash

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