Officials with Henderson County Recycling and Solid Waste (HCRSW) took a serious tone on Thursday when they said one of their employees was stuck by a hypodermic needle during the recent cleanup of an illegal dump site on Wolf Hills Road.
According to HCRSW, the latest illegal dump in Henderson County contained hypodermic needles - one of which punctured the hand of an employee after stabbing through their glove.
"Litter and illegal dumping may be an issue that isn't that big to some of us in our community," HCRSW said Thursday. "But now we have a county employee who has to worry for several months, wondering if they contracted a disease for just doing a day's work. A day's work spent picking up after someone that feels it is ok to dump in Henderson County."
HCRSW's bottom line: "Trash goes in a trash can. It is that simple."
The recycling center asks anyone disposing of hypodermic needles to seek information on how to do so properly.
The statement released by HCRSW says that the illegal dump on Wolf Hills Road will remain there until puncture-proof gloves are obtained for employees.