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Fire-ravaged Canadian city gets busy recycling

Canada – In the aftermath of the major forest fire that recently destroyed parts of the Canadian town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, the regional landfill has become a focal point for disposal and recycling efforts relating to the massive clean-up operation.

More than 9000 refrigerators that were destroyed or abandoned after the fire have been dropped off at the landfill while a similar number has been taken to a local recycling company, according to media reports.

While some of the refrigerators were fire damaged, others were brought in by residents who, having returned from a two-week evacuation period, found coping with the rotting food inside the units to be a health hazard or too difficult. The refrigerators are being drained before being shredded and recycled, in compliance with Alberta law.

Also arriving at the landfill are loads of smoke-damaged carpets, curtains, mattresses and blinds.

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