Ted Rhodes / Calgary Herald
Recycled materials from City of Calgary trucks are moved in the off-loading area of Cascades Recovery on May 25.
One wayward can of bear spray was all it took to cause chaos at Calgary’s recycling centre.
The can slipped by the humans who oversee the pre-sorting process and made it into machines at Cascades Recovery Inc., where it somehow got punctured.
Before long, it was everywhere. The spray spread from the conveyor belt to all of the materials that moved over it, then to the areas surrounding them.
“I walked into it and, all of a sudden, I found it difficult to breathe,” said the operations manager of the Cascades Recovery facility, Venry Sergeant.
“My eyes were stinging. I had to get out of the building immediately and call 911, at which point they dispatched (the fire department), and even hazmat showed up.”