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Grande Cheese Sponsors MERI Sharps Collection

Top: MERI's Tyrone McGee is on hand as Grande's Randy Hardyman (left) hands producer Hardy Ripp a biohazard container as part of the sharps collection event held recently in Waunakee
At a recent sharps collection event, MERI disposed of nearly 600 pounds of used sharps from area farmers.

Grande Cheese partnered with MERI and sponsored three pre-Covid sharps collection days for its milk producers. They happened on February 24 in Janesville, February 26 in Waunakee and March 2 in Fond du Lac.

Each producer was given a clean, rigid biohazard container to collect needles. When the container is full, Grande field representative will replace the container. Then, they will use MERI’s medical waste mailback kit to send back the full container to MERI for disposal.

Lynn Thornton, Milk Quality and Compliance Manager, said that providing this service to Grande’s producers was a convenient way to dispose of used needles from injectable medications.

“Our goal is to help our producers find a way to properly dispose of this infectious waste,” said Thornton. She added, “MERI made the process easy.”

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Grande Cheese Partners with MERI for Sharps Collection Day
Photos:

Top: MERI’s Tyrone McGee is on hand as Grande’s Randy Hardyman (left) hands producer Hardy Ripp a biohazard container at the Waunakee sharps collection event.

Center: Grande’s  Liz Purvis looks on as Grande’s Randy Hardyman (left) hands producer Hardy Ripp a biohazard container.

Right: On the left is Jacque Enge, and on the right is Kimberli Ward with Grande’s Randy Hardyman.

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