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Landfill incident prompts reminder for proper disposal of hazardous materials

February 8, 2016 2:36 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

An important reminder to residents to ensure household hazardous waste is disposed of properly after a small explosion at Red Deer’s Waste Management Facility early Saturday morning. Red Deer Emergency Services were called in when a ballistic parachute burst after being left in the scrap metal pile at the landfill.

“While our crews were piling up the scrap metal, the high pressure parachute canister burst open,” said Janet Whitesell, Waste Management Superintendent with The City of Red Deer. “While we’re thankful that no one was injured, we just want to prevent something like this from happening again by reminding residents that hazardous waste can be dangerous if it’s not disposed of properly.”

Red Deer’s Waste Management Facility offers free year round drop-off for household hazardous waste including items such as aerosol and single use propane gas containers, cleaners, batteries, nail polish, bleach, paints and paint thinners, as well as any products with flammable, corrosive, explosive and toxic warning labels.

The only hazardous items that cannot be dropped off at the Waste Management Facility include motor oil, commercial or industrial hazardous waste and prescription and non-prescription drugs which can be returned to your local pharmacy for proper disposal.

“In this situation, we understand that it was a really unique item, so if you’re unsure where an item should be dropped off, feel free to give us a call or ask one of the staff at the landfill to make sure it ends up in the right place,” said Whitesell.

Environmental Services can be contacted at 403-342-8750 or visit the website at reddeer.ca/waste

For more information, please contact:

Janet Whitesell
Waste Management Superintendent
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8750

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

 

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