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State hospitals need to treat waste on site

February 6, 2013
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

I just recently learned that infectious medical waste leaves our community hospitals on a daily basis. Toxic medical waste is allowed on our streets and highways to be driven to remote locations and treated there.

Hospitals have taken short cuts with sanitization of their waste and with our health. When they send their bio-waste through our neighborhoods, they take the chance that an accident could occur spilling and contaminating our streets. Our family and friends could conceivably be infected.

Instead, hospitals could choose to treat their waste in-house. This would prevent accidents from happening to both hospital employees and our friends. Furthermore, treating in-house is actually cheaper than sending waste through our community.

We need to demand that Florida hospitals treat their waste on-site and ensure our friends, neighbors and hospital personnel are not at-risk.

Nick Gallo




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