AUGUST 2009

American Red Cross charged with bio-hazardous waste dumping
Teamsters file charges against American Red Cross

The Teamsters Union filed a complaint with the Environmental Investigations Division of the City of St. Louis charging American Red Cross with dumping biomedical waste into the regular trash stream.

The complaint was filed after red biohazard bags were found in open garbage dumpsters outside of the Red Cross Blood Services Division Headquarters in St. Louis filled with trash headed for landfills.

“We have an obligation to make sure our employers are responsible stewards of the environment and are not engaging in practices that violate health or environmental regulations,” said James P. Hoffa, Teamsters general president. “We believe that the American Red Cross also has a responsibility to the community to ensure that it is not endangering the public’s health or violating the letter or spirit of state or federal environmental laws.