Workers sorting the material said they were also dealing with “thousands” of dirty nappies discarded as recycling each day.
Contamination levels, reported as between 2% and 2.5% in July last year, were actually “about 12%”. This was high compared with other New Zealand centres. “It should be about 5% overall.”
### ODT Online Sat, 7 Jan 2012
DCC worker jabbed by dumped needle
By Chris Morris
A worker at Dunedin’s recycling plant is facing a nervous six-month wait for blood test results after being pricked by a discarded syringe. The incident happened as the woman worked at the Green Island recycling plant last week, sorting through items coming down a conveyor belt as part of the Dunedin City Council’s kerbside collection operation.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr