City temporarily closes recycling facility

Unknown substance on sorting line prompts closure

Guelph, ON, August 12 – The City’s recycling facility—the Material Recovery Facility (MRF)—has been temporarily closed after an unknown substance came across one of the sorting lines at approximately 7:35 this morning, causing irritated eyes, headache, and difficulty breathing for staff working in close proximity.

The Guelph Fire Department’s hazardous material team has been onsite investigating. At this time the Guelph Fire Department has not identified the substance.

Eight City employees working at the MRF have been sent to Guelph General Hospital as a precaution.

The City has contacted the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the Ministry of Labour (MOL) and an MOL representative is on site.

All recyclable material on the affected sorting line is being safely disposed of in accordance with the City’s standard operating procedures. It is estimated the line will be back up and running within the next couple of hours.

Guelph Police temporarily closed Dunlop Drive but it has since reopened. The public drop off, the organic waste processing facility and the transfer station remain operational and open to the community.

Additional information, once known, will be made available.

For more information

Dean Wyman
Manager, Solid Waste Resources
519-822-1260  extension 2053