Order to clean up 17 sea cans full of medical waste highlights Alberta’s biomedical trash troubles – CBC

Waste stored in shipping containers subject of delayed enforcement order

Jul 11, 2023

More than a year after Alberta environmental inspectors discovered 17 sea cans filled with unsterilized medical waste in west Edmonton, the company responsible is still working to clean up the mess.

Edmonton-based GFM Environmental Services is facing an enforcement order under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for improper disposal and storage of biomedical and hazardous waste.

After a first failed inspection in March of 2022, and a series of extensions to comply, the company now has until Dec. 1 to dispose of it.

Company owner James Humen said the waste — stored in shipping containers, also known as sea cans — is from tattoo parlours, veterinary offices, and dental and medical clinics.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/waste-alberta-enforcement-order-1.6902184

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