Category Archives: Safety Tips
Do Not Put Medical Waste in the Recycle Bin!
Posted March 5, 2018
As part of our initiative to keep a safe work environment for our employees, please watch the video below for more information on how to properly dispose of medical waste.
Collection Update: Inclement Weather 3/14/17
Posted March 13, 2017
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 – Due to the impending inclement weather, all Penn Waste collection routes will be cancelled on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017. (more…)
Medical Waste Disposal
Posted March 10, 2017
In 2016, Penn Waste received over 500 pounds of medical waste at our recycling facility! This is a public safety hazard for our team members who manually sort through the recycling, putting them at risk of getting stuck by a needle.
Medical waste is defined as potentially infectious waste materials generated at health care facilities. These facilities include but are not limited to hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, dental practices, blood banks, and veterinary hospitals/clinics, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. Also included is at home treatment materials, such as syringes and other material used for medical treatment. Whether the material is used or brand new, to eliminate any safety hazard with our employees, we recommend that these items are disposed of in the proper manner.
Medical waste needs to be properly disposed of in the TRASH. We recommend placing any used needles in a heavy plastic container (laundry detergent bottles, coffee containers, etc.). This will ensure that the needles will not stick any of our employees during collection. In order to ensure that the lid will not open, please consider taping the lid to the container. BE SURE to place these materials in your trash bag or can. This will ensure that the material will be taken to one of our waste disposal sites and not taken to our recycling facility.
Please help us keep our team members safe!
Reminders for Winter Weather
Posted January 21, 2016
Winter is here and bad weather is in the forecast over the next few days. In order to prepare for the inclement weather, below are several winter reminders to ensure your safety, the safety of our employees and that your trash and recycling gets collected. (more…)
Driving Safety Tips
Posted November 19, 2015
Working in the Waste and Recycling Collection field annually ranks as one of the deadliest jobs in America. Many of these fatal accidents can be prevented by simply engaging in a few safe driving techniques.
Safety is our top priority at Penn Waste. In order to ensure that our employees are able to work in a safe environment, we ask drivers to follow these key tips when around any waste or recycling collection vehicle. (more…)