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Ammunition poses risk at Material Recovery Facility

​The City of Lethbridge's Waste and Recycling Utility would like to remind residents that ammunition (bullets, shells, flares, etc.) and firearms need to be disposed of carefully and appropriately.

Ammunition or firearms are not accepted in any waste collection cart or at the Waste & Recycling Centre.

Do not put ammunition (used or unused) or firearms in any waste container. These items are extremely dangerous if not properly managed.

If you have or find any of the above items, please leave them in place and call the Lethbridge Police Service at 403-327-2210 for safe disposal instructions. Only call 911 if there is an emergency.

The primary danger associated with ammunition (bullets and shotgun shells) is accidental discharge, which can result from pounding on a bullet or exposing a bullet to high temperatures, like when thrown into a fire.

Accidental discharge may also occur during processing operations at the Material Recovery Facility. When ammunition is identified during processing, the facility is temporarily shut down, which reduces productivity.

Keep ammunition away from children. Store it in a secure, cool, dry place away from heat or flames. Ammunition is extremely dangerous if not disposed of properly. 

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Call 311 |  Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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