In Toldeo, Ohio, it was reported that woman died because of falling head first into a recycling bin. Her death was not noticed until her spouse came home to find her legs sticking out of the container. This accident added to the increasing accidents which led to death caused by recycling bins.
Lucas County Coroner Diane Barnett announced that Sheila Decoster’s body has stayed in the recycling bin for hours already before it was finally found. It was the husband of the deceased who found the legs of her wife sticking out of the container which is placed on their porch. He said he thought it was a dummy at first but he decided to examine it by shaking his wife’s leg. He realized that his wife has died after being stuck at recycling bin’s bottom.
She was 62 years old and had been using recycling bins for many years now. The couple who were married for 43 years considered it as part of their habit to throw their trash on their porch with no railings. Dizzy spells and aneurysm are some of the health problems which the victim had while still living. It is said that these medical issues together with her recent knee surgery and back pains contributed to her accident.
With this accident, a growing concern about the large recycling bins distributed to the neighborhood’s residents a couple of years ago started to emerge. Many did not like the fact that these bins are too large to the point that they are already difficult to handle especially by the disabled and the elderly.
There are other areas wherein recycling bins are considered as one of the most favorite targets of users. Dumpster diving is not considered new already for some individuals. This term is used to describe the action of people crouching to go through their trash contents at the bottom of the bin. These people are usually the impoverished ones who try to look for food in trash. As a result, these people often suffer from injuries caused by the other trash in the dumpster . The wounds of these people get infected due to the germs from the bin and their poor hygiene. Other instances involving injuries during dumpster diving are individuals fighting over scraps or valuable items which lead to injuries and other criminal actions.
Another example of a major issue which involves recycling bins and other large trash containers is their vulnerability when it comes to being the victim of vandalism and other criminal acts. One common crime is setting the contents of these bins on fire . Other criminal acts are destruction of property, vandalism, and being used as props for illegal activities. People who often do these crimes often go unpunished. Replacement and maintenance of these recycling bins are one of the areas in which local councils spend the most expenses to.
Clearly, the main purpose of recycling bins should be reviewed because of the damage that they often receive and the injuries and accidents that they cause. There are people who have already recommended attaching microchips and frequency identification devices for easy monitoring of these devices.