Needles in recycling
A bag of needles was found at Pierce County's recycling center in Ellsworth last month, according to information from the county's public health department.
The needles were contained in a plastic bag, but could pose a hazard to recycling workers. No one was hurt.
A sharps disposal program is available to the public. Biohazard sharps containers can be picked up at the following department locations: 412 W. Kinne St., Ellsworth, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 108 S. Main St., Elmwood, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays; and 108 Main St., Plum City, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. They can also be obtained at the River Falls Area Hospital Emergency Room, 1687 E. Division St., River Falls, at the River Falls Shopko Pharmacy and at local pharmacies in the county.
Used needles, lancets and other sharps can be disposed of in the container until it's filled to the line indicated. The filled container should be capped and returned to the River Falls Area Hospital or one of the health department offices. New containers will be provided upon request.
There's no charge for this service. The project is funded by the Kinnickinnic Health and Education Foundation, the Pierce County Solid Waste Department, the Lions club, the River Falls Area Hospital and the public health department.