Recycling facility familiar to fire fighters

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 4:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:32am

A fire attacked an Edinburg Recycling facility on Tuesday.  It took fire fighters a hour to battle the blaze and damage is estimated to be north of $100,000.  

The fire was attributed to the manufacturing technique.  

"In that process there's heat and sparks that come about, and it will set the non-metallic items on fire," said Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider. "That's what happened."

Recycling an item as large as a car is a dangerous job, but the Edinburg Fire Department estimates that the EcoRec facility has had 25 fires in the last few years.  OSHA cited EcoRec 17 times for safety violations.  

"It won't be too long before they're fixed up and ready to go again," Snider said. "We are planning some meetings with them, to see what else they can do to make their operations safer."

EcoRec couldn't be reached for comment.  Neither could the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency asked to investigate EcoRec.  

"Everything boils down to how they run their operation," Snider said. "That's where the potential for fire is going to be dropped. Is the care in which they do that business."

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