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Hazardous Medical Waste Discovered Again In San Jose

months over environmental concerns and potential health hazards to workers and the public.

Since the earlier incidents this month, the Guadalupe landfill had stopped accepting any waste from hospitals, except for office trash. Devincenzi says the present load got through the landfill gate because the source was not identified on the driver's records as a medical facility - it was delivered on behalf of the surgical center's landlord.

"The source of the latest material was listed on the truck driver's records as "National Office"", Devincenzi was quoted. The surgical center is located at 15195 National Ave. in Los Gatos; there are other businesses, including medical offices, in the same building.

As with the three hospitals, Devincenzi says the landfill will not accept any more deliveries from that location, except for office trash, until the medical facilities develop corrective plans approved by local health officials.

She also says the trash hauler apparently didn't realize medical waste was mixed in with regular trash. However, she added that landfill workers were trained to watch for unacceptable items in loads coming from all sources. "Everybody's kind of on high alert since the previous discoveries”, she added.
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