After a number of local sanitation workers experienced injuries and incidents, Fairbanks, Ark., decided to adopt a new set of garbage rules in an effort to protect sanitation workers and community members from dangerous situations.
With the new rules, the public will be required to put certain types of garbage into specific containers. For example, medical sharps must be put into sturdy plastic containers like bleach or detergent bottles and labeled with the word “sharps” before placed out for collection.
Those who have incorrect items in their bins will receive additional fees on their quarterly garbage bill. On the first violation, residents will receive a phone call detailing the problem and how they can fix it. On two or more violations, residents could be fined from $25 to $200 depending on the materials that are improperly disposed of.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has more information:
Half of the city’s garbage collection workers have been punctured by hypodermic needles at some point in their careers while picking up garbage bags, said Jeff Jacobson, director of Fairbanks Public Works.
Several years ago, hot ashes inside a garbage can were dumped into the packer truck, which caught fire.
And a few weeks ago, oil was put into the packer truck. When the trash was packed, oil squirted out of the truck, causing an environmental hazard that required immediate cleanup.