Saskatoon Health Region hospital trash is once again barred from the city's
landfill after workers spotted two bags of medical waste last month. Those rogue
bags likely contained human tissue, according to the health region.
Despite a concerted effort last year by the region to crack down on
mis-sorted waste, two red bags designated as holding biomedical waste ended up
in the landfill on July 11 and July 26, said the city's manager of environmental
services, Brenda Wallace.
"It was not an entire load of inappropriate materials. It was a bag," Wallace
Red bags originating from Saskatoon's three hospitals contain human tissue -
typically from operating rooms - that is one square inch or larger, says Val
Klassen, director of supply chain management and support services for the health
"We recognize, and we apologize for the fact that landfill employees were
stressed by this," Klassen said.
City officials have now told the health region to take garbage from its three
hospitals elsewhere, Klassen said.
It's not the first time the city has nixed hospital trash at the dump.
Workers found medical waste delivered to the landfill three times in 2012,
including blood-saturated gauze, and an IV bag full of blood.
Wallace said the city told the region it needed to revamp its waste
management practices before the garbage was welcome back in the civic
"They mounted a tremendous effort," Wallace said.