It’s a good thing when an organization is transparent and accountable. That’s what we hope to see here. This company has taken a lot of heat for their decision to move their hazardous medical waste from a landfills in philadelphia into landfills in boston, and we’re glad to see them taking accountability for their decision. But it’s easy to forget that when we are responsible enough to be accountable.
What a great opportunity here for the city of philadelphia to be the first to be notified if a toxic waste site is in the plans. We need the public to stay informed of where the waste is going in the future, and the city of philadelphia needs to make sure that they are at least doing their part by providing this information.
Like all cities, philadelphia has tons of medical waste generated within its borders. This is where the company that makes the medical waste used in the game takes the cake. They will be responsible for their decision to dispose of medical waste in a local landfill. And, like every other medical waste disposal company, they will be making sure that they have the proper permits and licenses to safely dispose of it.
Well, that’s good to know. But what the game reveals about the health and safety of the workers who make medical waste isn’t good. They’re not only making a product that is toxic, they’re making it with the hope that it will be used to fight infectious diseases for humanity’s future. And they’re not even trying to make sure that the waste is safe to dispose of. They’re just putting it in a landfill, hoping that the process works.
Well, that sucks. But in some cases, that’s how companies work too. Some companies are good at creating new and potentially hazardous products, such as plastics, so its not surprising that they are willing to put a lot of time and resources into creating them. When they find something not to their liking, they throw it into a landfill, hoping it will go to good use. When it does, they put it back in their inventory and hope it doesn’t go bad.
I guess I should mention that companies that like to put things into a landfill are not the only ones that make this mistake. In fact, there have been times where I’ve seen large chemical companies dump their toxic waste into the ground because they arent willing to risk what could be a legal liability issue. In those cases, it was more like dumping a chemical spill on a lake.
The problem is that some of the most toxic waste that has been in the ground is the medical waste that is the reason why we have so many people with diseases like cancer. Medical waste is a big problem because it contains harmful chemicals like mercury, lead, arsenic, and radioactive materials like radium. Unfortunately, the chemicals in medical waste that are harmful to the environment are the ones that are most difficult to dispose of legally.
Companies like Bayer are trying to make it easier for people to dispose of their medical waste so that it can be reused or disposed of in a landfill. Unfortunately, things like medical waste are pretty difficult to dispose of legally, and companies like Bayer are also trying to make it easier for patients (or other parties) to dispose of their medical waste.
Now, it’s pretty common for people to be in a hurry when it comes to disposing of their medical waste, but this sort of “prevention before the cure” approach may be a little too common and could impact the amount of medical waste sent to a landfill. There’s also the issue of where to dispose of this waste once it’s sent to a landfill.
The best solution I can think of, is for all companies that can legally dispose of hazardous medical waste to join forces and have a single company that takes control of all of their waste. For example, if Bayer’s medical waste is thrown on a beach, I’d like to see them all being sent to a single location, and in the case of Bayer’s medical waste, they could be sent to a landfill.