Hazardous waste sends Scottsdale truck driver to hospital

A view of Scottsdale trash trucks that daily pick-up the communty’s trash and potentially recyclable materials. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

A city solid waste truck driver was transported to the hospital Monday, April 8, after a chemical was found leaking from a Scottsdale garbage truck.

Additionally, a section of Miller Road was closed between McDowell Road and Oak Street, city officials say.

Firefighters determined the leaking liquids were pool chemicals picked up by the truck from a nearby residence, causing respiratory irritation to the garbage truck driver, a press release stated.

Hazardous chemicals may cause a reaction when mixed with other solid waste material in a garbage truck, and can even become toxic or combust, jeopardizing the health and safety of drivers and the public.

It’s an important reminder that household cleaners, swimming pool chemicals, paint, automotive fluids, batteries and electronics should not be placed in trash, recycling containers, or placed out for brush and bulk collection, the press release stated.

Scottsdale Solid Waste offers two ways to recycle household hazardous waste – at an annual drop-off event at the city’s corporation yard and through monthly home collection.

Learn more about acceptable and unacceptable container items and how to schedule at home collection at scottsdaleaz.gov/solid-waste/household-hazardous-waste.

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