MORRISTOWN, NJ - Residents with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or those under quarantine are advised to take extra precautions when disposing of household trash, stated the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority.
These individuals and families are asked to double bag their regular trash bags, properly close them and tightly tie them to avoid leakage, according to the State Department of Environmental Protection.
These measures are designed for the safety of residents and disposal crews.
MUA Solid Waste Coordinator James Deacon also urged institutions, such as health care facilities and hospitals, to also be guided by NJDEP’s COVID-19 waste management rules. Red medical waste bags or biohazard bags generated by institutions and/or county residents must not be disposed of in curbside trash cans that are collected by municipal waste haulers.
Only licensed medical waste contractors are allowed to collect and dispose of filled red medical waste bags.
“The MCMUA’s garbage transfer station inspectors have seen an uptick in the number of red medical waste bags coming to us through regular trash disposal", said Deacon. "When these bags show up at the transfer stations, the facilities must be shut down to guarantee the safety of employees and to ensure that regulated medical waste is not being improperly disposed.”
In addition, county residents are asked to refrain from traveling to the county's two garbage transfer stations located in Mt. Olive and Parsippany during the COVID-19 crisis. Because of social distancing requirements, it is difficult for the scale masters to safely interact with residents who show up at the transfer stations. Unless it is essential that the household trash be disposed of immediately, residents should utilize curbside pickup by their waste hauler or wait until towns are again collecting bulky waste collections.
For information about proper disposal of medical waste, household garbage, or details about municipal recycling, go to www.MCMUA.com for details.
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