A dangerous bag of needles and hazardous swabs from a pet crematorium has been discovered lying unattended in Kilwinning.
A horrified local stumbled upon the bag marked from Irvine’s Elysian Fields Pet Crematorium.
He found it near a bridge at a popular fishing site on the River Garnock.
The local resident who made the discovery found massive hypodermic needles and used swabs lying scattered from the bag last week.
According to clinical waste disposal proceedures, bags of this colour are only meant for animal remains, and not for clinical waste, leaving the worrying incident shrouded in mystery.
Elysian Fields is owned by English-based company Pet Crematorium Services, and their managing director, Glenn Tuck, was horrified to hear of the discovery.
Glenn said: “We’re as concerned as any member of the public that veterinary waste appears to have been scattered across the countryside.
“While the bag in the picture is clearly one of ours, I can reassure the public that it is standard practice to always tie up and label securely the origin of the waste material before it is incinerated.
“All good veterinary practices will adopt this procedure, and we would not accept their waste until this was done.
He added: “From the design, I can tell that this is a very old style bag used specifically for cremation, not medical waste.”
Mr Tuck believes the bag of waste could have been dumped to create a reaction.
“Clearly someone has dumped this in the country, presumably to embarrass one of the clinicians concerned.
“If anyone has any idea who this might be, it would be helpful to know so we can ensure this does not happen again in the future.”
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