Garbage truck leaves trail of E. coli

Garbage truck leaves trail of E. coli

There are 31 comments on the KRQE Albuquerque and New Mexico story from Sep 18, 2008, titled Garbage truck leaves trail of E. coli. In it, KRQE Albuquerque and New Mexico reports that:

Fluid leaking onto city streets from a contract garbage truck has tested positive for the E. coli bacteria, according to the town's mayor.

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Union City, CA

#1 Sep 19, 2008
Is this all this town has to worry about? Oh, my god, cancel the contract...

United States

#2 Sep 19, 2008
To think that a garbage truck would have a foul odor! Golly-gee. If you contract E. coli from the fluid left on the ground after a garbage truck has come through, then you have some seriously poor hygene habits. This story is a waste of time.
Tuff Guy

United States

#5 Sep 19, 2008
my advice is not to like the fluid of the pavement.
Waste Manager

Reno, NV

#6 Sep 19, 2008
Ecoli is commonly found in Municipal Solid Waste Streams. Moist organic waste placed in trash bags in a warm climate is the ulimate breeding environment for E.Coli bacteria. Yes, get the trucks fixed. Does the contractor control what goes into the waste stream. Why is this even in the news? Don't play in the garbage. Thank god this Mayor does not manage a Landfill or a Transfer Station. A little outreach and education goes a long way! Find a bigger issue and throw a fit about about it.

Beaver Dam, WI

#7 Sep 19, 2008
Correct me if I am wrong but aren't they supposed to WASH the garbage trucks from time to time, both inside and out????
BK Martin

Hollywood, FL

#8 Sep 19, 2008
Has anyone seen a garbage truck NOT leaking nasty smelly fluids during their routes? If you've ever driven behind one and had to back off because the spray was getting on your vehicle then you know what I mean...

Rayville, LA

#9 Sep 19, 2008
This need to be carefully attend to as soon as possible.


#10 Sep 19, 2008
Maybe the Mayor should check the landfill for eColi too. Or maybe the water treatment plant for bacteria....

What a load of ****. Yeah maybe this guy could maintain his truck a little better, but the eColi is from the residents garbage, not the collector. What stupidity.

Niceville, FL

#11 Sep 19, 2008
What are people eating off the streets ? I bet almost every garbage truck in america has e.coli. com-on it's a garbage truck !

San Diego, CA

#12 Sep 19, 2008
How is it the contractor's fault for the E. Coli mess??? It's a garbage truck for pete's sake!! It's supposed to be unsanitary. Sure yeah, the crack should be fixed but does anyone care that the people who work for him are more exposed to the bacteria than anyone else?? I'm pretty sure Joe and Betty Smith are not going to be dipping their hands in the slop that spilled onto the streets.

Austin, TX

#13 Sep 20, 2008
Garbage In, Garbage Out
Saturday Reader

United States

#14 Sep 20, 2008
Here we go again, over reacting to every little thing that comes along. It has become the national passtime. We spend our time suing folks, canceling contracts, anything we can do to make someone else miserable. How do we sleep at night?! Come judgement day, we might be surprised to discover who will roast in hell.

Robins, IA

#15 Sep 20, 2008
ok, so is trash sterile? what did you expect, and garbage trucks always smell, they are hauling your nasty trash away for you, dont blame them for your nastyness. in fact thank them for putting thier own prefrances aside to haul your ****. And if you are drinking fluid that dripped from a truck off of the street you have bigger problems then a potential tummy ache froma little E. coli. FYI there are thousands of strains of E. coli, and they vary drastically in thier infectious abilities. sooo scaring your community into a panic over a little juice coming from a garbage truck is a little silly dont you think?

Robins, IA

#16 Sep 20, 2008
are not covering the S word, they cover C.r.u.d. sry if that looks bad

Woodbridge, VA

#17 Sep 20, 2008
E. coli dripping from a trash truck onto a street is a bit different than E. coli contamination in the kitchen of a restaurant. In this particular case, it can be argued that perhaps both the mayor and the owner of the suspect truck are correct as to the source. E. coli has an incubation period of 5 to 10 days, so it's difficult at best to pinpoint where it originated from. In this age of "organic" everything, natural fertilizers are all the rage. Guess what natural fertilizers are? They can consist largely of plant and or animal waste products. Often people generate their own compost to feed their gardens. In plain language, that means that rotted food materials and or animal droppings may have been used by folks whose trash eventually ended up in this truck. Bottom line, this IS a garbage truck, not a vehicle used to transport people or edible foodstuffs. GOD alone only knows what manner of nasty goo is in any trash truck on any given street in any city on the planet at any given time. Granted, you don't want E. coli pooling on the street or anything like that, but let's be realistic here. It happened. It's not particularly fair or accurate to be pointing fingers or trying to assign blame. Many baby bibs are embroidered with the phrase "spit happens". The issue was detected. The truck needs to be thoroughly, repaired or replaced. Give the man who owns the truck benefit of the doubt. He did nothing intentional. He's not an eco- or bio-terrorist. He's trying to earn a living like the rest of us. As to E. coli, I know full well how dangerous this stuff is and how it works. My son works at a Boy Scout summer camp in western Virginia where there was an outbreak of E. coli in July that caused the camp to be closed a week early. The culprit in the case was found to be tainted beef. As I understand it, the company recalled hundreds of thousands of pounds of suspect meat in this case. In comparing the 2 cases, I can see applying blame to the company who delivered the beef to the Scout camp where about 20 kids got sick. In the case of the trash truck, to me, it's something of a different story. No one was hurt. The owner knows his truck is cracked and has been leaking. IF he doesn't fix or replace the truck, THEN there should be severe consequences. Give the guy a chance to make it right before you start chosing the proverbial firing squad.

Savannah, GA

#18 Sep 20, 2008
I have to agree with the owner, yes, there's a crack in the truck that needs to be repaired... but the e-coli will still be present.

Clearwater, FL

#19 Sep 21, 2008
And this is a surprise why? Just when you think you've seen it all something like this completely destroys ones belief that people are basically intelligent creatures capable of critical thinking. The stupid people have definitely won......

Baker, LA

#20 Sep 21, 2008
There are thousands of strains of E. coli. It is present in the digestive tracts of healthy people and is an important component thereof. E. coli is pretty much everywhere. Did they test to see if it was a harmful strain?

Lyons, CO

#21 Sep 21, 2008
As sherlock and others have noted, E. coli is a normal component of everyone's intestinal flora. You, me, the mayor of Tularosa -- we all have it. What's disappointing is not that the mayor was unaware of this; it is that the KRQE news team couldn't even spend two minutes researching the subject before releasing this story. From Wikipedia:
Most E. coli strains are harmless, but some, such as serotype O157:H7, can cause serious food poisoning in humans, and are occasionally responsible for costly product recalls. The harmless strains are part of the normal flora of the gut, and can benefit their hosts by producing vitamin or by preventing the establishment of pathogenic bacteria within the intestine.
Ths distinction between harmful strains of <em>E. coli</em> and the bacterium generally is very important to public health, and the public deserves to be educated on the subject, not falsely alarmed. You, a news source who should have known better, let us down on this one.

Huntsville, AL

#22 Sep 21, 2008
Well, it is better not to have the truck leave a trail of e. coli on the street if we can prevent it. It is not the worst thing, but it is news that a contract carrier is leaking rancid fluid, especially if the city's own trucks do not leak. Maybe government can do garbage better.

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