Fire Incident at Greendale DPW Recycling Center

Fire Incident at Greendale DPW Recycling Center Highlights Importance of Proper Disposal Practices

On Saturday, June 15, 2024, a fire broke out in the DPW compactor container at the Recycling Center. The incident was caused by items being disposed of in incorrect locations. Thankfully, the fire did not result in significant damage, but it required the container to be fully emptied, and the Fire Department was called to extinguish the flames.

This event shows the importance of adhering to designated disposal locations for various items when visiting the Recycling Center. To ensure safety and efficiency, please review the following guidelines:

  • E-Waste: Electronics and related items should be disposed of in the designated E-Waste area.
  • Bulk Items: Large items such as furniture and appliances have a specific disposal area.
  • Yard Waste: Leaves, grass clippings, and other garden debris belong in the Yard Waste section.
  • Metal: Scrap metal and metal objects should be placed in the Metal disposal area.
  • Cardboard: Flattened cardboard should be recycled in the Cardboard section.
  • Food: Organic waste and food scraps should be disposed of properly in designated bins.
  • Clothing: Gently used clothing can be donated in the designated bins for textiles.
  • Motor Oil and Antifreeze: These substances should be disposed of in the Motor Oil and Antifreeze area.
  • Items Containing Freon: Appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners, which contain freon, must be disposed of in the designated area.
  • Dirt: Soil and dirt should be placed in the specific Dirt disposal section.
  • Normal Recyclables: Common recyclables, such as paper and plastics, should be placed in the general recycling bins.

It is especially important to dispose of batteries and chemicals properly, as these can cause fires when crushed. For hazardous materials, please consult one of the Yard attendants or visit a Household Hazardous Waste site such as

If you have any questions about disposing of certain items, do not hesitate to ask a Yard attendant for assistance. Your cooperation helps ensure the safety and efficiency of the Recycling Center, preventing incidents like the fire on June 15.

Thank you for your attention and adherence to these guidelines. Together, we can maintain a safe and effective recycling program for our community.