News & Notes: Feb. 11

Feb. 11, 2014

Sharp medical objects in trash pose threat to workers

Waukesha County officials are asking residents to be more careful disposing of sharp medical objects. It is illegal to place these items — including syringes, needles and lancets — in the trash or recycling, as they pose a threat to public health and the workers who have to handle them.

"Much of this work is done by hand, creating a hazardous situation for people who are providing a service to all of us," Rebecca Mattano, recycling and solid waste supervisor for Waukesha County, said in a statement.

Mattano said sharp objects are often placed inside in coffee cans or detergent bottles, which cause them to go unnoticed until they reach the sorting line in the recycling facility. There they can fall out and cause injury.

Many healthcare facilities collect these items and safely dispose of them. Several other places in Brookfield are registered dropoff locations, including the Pick 'n Save stores at 17295 W. Capitol Drive, 12735 W. Capitol Drive and 15170 W. Greenfield Ave.

Local organization helps kids deal with grief

Healing Hearts of Waukesha County, an organization that helps children cope with grief, is open for registration for its spring session, running Feb. 17 to May 12. The program is free.

Healing Hearts provides peer-to-peer support for kids who have experienced loss for a variety of reasons, including death, divorce, separation, abandonment, incarceration, immigration and military deployment.

The organization completed its seventh session this month, and has served more than 360 people since its beginning. More information is available at

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