Man claims medical garbage litters Taylorsville Rd. exit on Watterson


by Bryan Shaw

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 11:06 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – For nearly nine months, Dennis Tapp would see garbage bags thrown out on the side of the Watterson Expressway anywhere between Bardstown and Taylorsville Roads.

He first reported it to MetroSafe but the problem continued.

“I just finally had it, I am going to stop and see and hope I can find something,” Tapp said.

He stopped, opened the contents of the bag, and found that it contained catheters, bedpans, booties, aprons, and paper work labeled Baptist Health Louisville.

“I went home and I called Baptist East Hospital and asked for the health department, I got the health department there and she didn't think it was big deal basically, and that really surprised me,” Tapp said.
Tapp told WHAS11 news that he had previously saw it was landscaping crews that were clearing the garbage bags,
WHAS11 News contacted the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and confirmed landscaping crews working for them, tossed out medical bags they found about a month ago.
The crews apparently did not open the contents of the bags and did not know where they came from.
Tapp said that there have been as many as 10 garbage bags on the side of the road.

“It's really odd, I can understand maybe one or two times but from Breckinridge lane to this exit it’s been done like once a month,” Tapp said.
WHAS11 News spoke with Baptist Health Louisville where an official checked records and confirmed that Tapp did file a complaint.
"The items that he brought today, the trash bag that he brought to us did not have anything hazardous it from what we could tell we went though it briefly with gloves, " Julie Garrison, marketing manager for Baptist Health Louisville said.

Baptist Health uses Waste Management for their garbage and said that they would be investigating with them how the garbage could end up on the Watterson.