No disruption to recycling collection anticipated after fire extinguished at County MRF

Cobourg, ON – May 29, 2021 – A fire at the County Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Grafton has been extinguished. Fire crews responded late Friday evening after fire alarms at the facility triggered a call by the monitoring system.
Officials have confirmed that the site of the fire was identified as a loose pile of recyclable materials within the plant. A review to identify potential causes is now underway; foul play is not suspected.
The facility was closed at the time the fire was reported—no injuries were sustained. County staff have been given the 'All Clear' to enter the building and initial review indicates minimal damage. As a result, there are no changes planned for waste and recycling collection schedules for residents. The County is now addressing plans for any clean-up required, and for ensuring the MRF is fully operational by Sunday afternoon.
The County commends the Alnwick/Haldimand Fire Department for their rapid response to this call, and for their professionalism and skill in achieving such a positive outcome. Thanks also goes out to Northumberland Paramedics and other emergency services personnel on-site, and to County staff who attended the scene and continue to provide support .