Propane tanks showing up in recycling, endangering workers

June 19, 2012

ReCommunity Recycling, the operator of the Waukesha County Material Recycling Facility, pulled 147 small propane cylinders from recyclables June 11, a rep said.

These cylinders pose a serious risk to workers. Even when empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted. The facility has put out a warning to all residents.

"The operator strives to maintain a safe working environment for all employees at the recycling facility," said Karen Fiedler, Waukesha County recycling and solid waste supervisor "We want residents to understand that certain items such as propane cylinders cannot be recycled in their blue bins. They need to be handled by companies that sell these products."

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