Solid Waste & Recycling

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  • Phone: 970-328-3470
    Fax: 970-328-3466

    Solid Waste and Recycling
    P.O. Box 473
    Wolcott, CO  81655-0473 

    815 Ute Creek Road
    Wolcott, CO  81655 


Recycling facility open following haz mat incident

Contact: Kris Friel, Communications Director, 970-328-8617 or

April 14, 2016 – Eagle County’s Materials Recovery Facility is operating normally today following a hazardous material incident yesterday afternoon.

At approximately 4 p.m. on April 13, an unknown substance induced coughing and vomiting in a worker who was staffing the recycling presort line. The worker was unable to reach the emergency shut off, which allowed the substance to continue traveling down a conveyor. Three additional workers were also affected as fumes filled the work area.

Two Solid Waste & Recycling employees were able to respond from an office nearby, shutting down the system and opening doors to vent the substance.

The four workers initially exposed are participants in the Eagle County Detentions Facility work release program. Three of them were transported to the Vail Valley Medical Center for evaluation and were released at approximately 8 p.m. last night; all were back at work this morning.

Because the substance traveled through the entire recycling sorting system, it is unlikely to be identified. Eagle County Solid Waste & Recycling is reminding residents to ensure containers that hold household cleaners, ammonia, bleach or other potentially toxic substances are empty before adding them to the recycling bin. For those with chemicals needing proper disposal, the county’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility will accept up to 20 containers of waste per household per visit. Additional information is available at  

Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and Eagle County Paramedic Services were the primary responders to yesterday’s incident. Photos are available at  

Additional assistance was provided by Eagle County Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Protection District and Vail Fire Department.