23 Mar 2013

Counselling offered after human tissue discovery

7:05 am on 23 March 2013

Staff at a Gisborne recycling station where human tissue including bone fragments was found in rubbish bags are being offered counselling.

Workers at Transpacific Recycling discovered the fragments on Wednesday when a rubbish bag split and the contents fell out as it was being loaded onto a rubbish truck.

A second bag containing human tissue was found later during a search.

Tairawhiti District Health Board chief executive Jim Green has apologised for the mistake.

Mr Green says he believes it was an isolated incident and an investigation is underway.