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Someone put a deer carcass in their single-sort recycling bin

This fella isn't meant to be recycled!
This fella isn't meant to be recycled!

From the "burying the lede" file:

This morning, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader published a story entitled, "Too much trash is going into recycling bins, garbage handlers say." Whatever. But 13 paragraphs deep is this Weird Wisconsin-worthy passage:

Last week, Advanced Recycling saw a deer carcass come through its system.

"There's a lot of nasty items that come through the single stream," [an Advanced Recycling official] said.

Holy hell. Did whoever put the deer corpse in their single-sort bin not realize the damn thing is pretty much the epitome of biodegradable?

In any event, Chris Goodwin, customer relations manager for Eureka Recycling, the nonprofit that handles recycling services for St. Paul, Roseville, and a number of other metro cities, says he's never heard of anything as weird as a deer carcass coming through one of Eureka's facilities. But one serious problem his organization frequently encounters is people trying to recycle hypodermic needles.

"People are taught to put needles in laundry detergent bottles, but in a different part of the world they are told those bottles are recyclable," Goodwin says. "But bottles with needles in them should go in the trash, not the recycling."

"If bottles with needles in them are on a truck bouncing around, it could rupture and people can get injured if they put their hands in there," he continues.

In sum, doing hands-on labor in a recycling facility isn't a job for the squeamish!

THE DEER FILES:
-- Gutted deer lay strewn outside Von Hanson's Meats in Blaine [PHOTO]
-- Deer stranded on icy lake for two days rescued with help of hovercrafts [VIDEO]
-- Wisconsin men face fines for forcibly putting T-shirt on deer, posting footage to YouTube [VIDEO]

h/t -- Dan Haugen

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