City’s recycling facility employees released from hospital

Guelph Fire Department deems facility safe to reopen

Guelph, ON, August 12 – Eight City employees have been released from Guelph General Hospital following exposure to an unknown substance on one of the sorting lines at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) this morning.

The hospital assessed symptoms including irritated eyes, headache and difficulty breathing.

After a thorough investigation, the Guelph Fire Department’s hazardous material team was unable to find or identify any traces of the unknown substance. The team tested and monitored the air quality at the recycling facility, and earlier this afternoon confirmed it is safe to reopen.

The MRF has resumed regular recycling operations with approval from the Ministry of Labour following its site investigation.

All recyclable material on the affected sorting line has been removed and disposed of safely.

Although occurrences of unknown substances at the MRF are rare, the City urges residents and businesses to dispose of hazardous waste responsibly. Household hazardous waste can be disposed of at the Municipal Hazardous Special Waste Depot, located at 110 Dunlop Drive. For more information contact Solid Waste Resources at 519-767-0598 or


For more information

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