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Medical waste still popping up in Monroeville landfill

Blood bags, surgical sponges and what might be human tissue keep turning up at a Monroeville landfill despite warnings the Department of Environmental Protection issued to Pittsburgh two major hospital systems.

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State law prohibits hospitals from disposing of medical waste in a landfill unless it is properly navigate to this website processed and sterilized. DEP put the hospitals on notice after the complaint, but more waste has appeared in hauls from their canada goose coats hospitals, some of it as recently as Monday.

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Hospitals use red bags used to distinguish unprocessed waste from other trash. Those found at the landfill included what appears to canada goose black friday sale be surgical waste, emptied blood bags and tubing from transfusions, hypodermic needles and bandages. Most concerning, Poister said, was what appeared to be human tissue.

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Poister said eight to 10 truck loads of trash to the Monroeville facility in the past two weeks have contained medical waste. Cases of medical waste turning up in landfills are extremely rare, Poister said. In 1999, Allegheny General Hospital was fined $65,000 for one to two occurrences.

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“The DEP has been very buy canada goose jacket cheap helpful, and we been taking all their recommendations,” she said.

Typically, hospitals process medical waste either on site before it gets hauled away, or through a separate contractor who disposes of it, Poister said.

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Canada Goose sale “UPMC is re educating staff to ensure that all medical waste is strictly monitored and properly disposed,” she said. “UPMC has maintained a presence at the Monroeville landfill to screen all incoming loads and immediately address any identified problems.” Canada Goose sale

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