The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority, following the guidance of the state, is advising families of residents with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis and those under cautionary quarantine to take extra precautions when disposing of household trash.
According to state Department of Environmental Protection recommendations, trash from these households should be double bagged using regular trash bags, properly closed, and tightly tied to avoid leakage. Bags should be placed in rigid trash disposal containers while outdoors prior to pickup to avoid human or animal contact with the refuse. These measures are designed for the safety of residents and disposal crews.
Institutions, such as health care facilities and hospitals, should also be guided by the 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 in through regular trash disposal. 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. 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 making 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.