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Fire forces Oberlin to suspend recycling efforts


OBERLIN — Residential recycling has been temporarily suspended after a fire at the city’s Public Works Complex.

City Manager Eric Norenberg said recyclables that are put out for collection this week will be collected with the garbage and dumped in a land fill. He asked that residents take their mixed paper, chipboard and cardboard to the green and yellow Abitibi bins throughout Oberlin.

Locations for the bins include all public schools, many churches and behind the Oberlin Public Library.

“Until regular collection can resume, we suggest residents find alternatives for recycling of glass, cans and plastics, perhaps by contacting friends or relatives in other areas whose service is not affected or consider holding on to the items until we determine when service can resume,” he said via email on Monday.

The city has rented two trucks to collect garbage for all commercial and residential customers on schedule.

The fire, at the garage at 528 Hillcreek Drive, occurred early Saturday and destroyed six municipal trucks that are used to collect garbage and recyclables. The fire also destroyed the city’s forklift and tires and is believed to have caused at least $1.5 million in damage.

Norenberg said the cause of the fire was not determined on Saturday, but it did not appear to be intentional. The Oberlin Fire Department could not be reached for information Monday.

Norenberg said city officials still need to meet with an insurance adjuster, as well as complete a full inventory of the building over the next few days.

Plans to deal with the fire are expected to be discussed at the City Council meeting at 7 tonight.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

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