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Outbreak at recycling facility impacts Calgary's blue bin service

An outbreak at a facility that handles Calgary recycling means the contents of blue bins left out by residents will be taken to the landfill until the issue is resolved. 

Recyclables in bins left for pickup will be taken to landfill until facility is sterilized

The Cascades Recovery+ recycling plant in southeast Calgary is about 100,000 square-feet in size, manages between 100 and 200 tonnes of recycling every two to three days, and runs continuously six days a week. (Angela Knight/CBC)

An outbreak at a facility that handles Calgary recycling means the contents of blue bins left out by residents will be taken to the landfill until the issue is resolved. 

Calgary Emergency Management Agency chief Tom Sampson says the facility has had about 19 people test positive for COVID-19 and has had to shut down to sterilize. 

"If you do put your blue bin out on the curb, we will be taking [the contents] away, but unfortunately for the next couple of days we'll have to drop it off at the landfill," he said. 

Both he and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi are asking Calgarians to store recyclables at home rather than putting out their bins. 

 

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