- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) - A recycling center in southeastern Tennessee has been shut down after someone left bags of human waste and forced the facility to close for a week.

Athens Public Works Director Shawn Lindsey told WRCB-TV in Chattanooga that someone intentionally contaminated the plastics bin last weekend. Lindsey says it ruined a whole load at RockTenn, the packaging center where the bins are delivered next. The city will likely get fined because of it.

Lindsey says someone committed a similar act at the McMinn County facility in May, prompting the county to install security cameras on the premises.

The Athens Recycling Center is scheduled to reopen on Monday with new rules. The Public Works Department will also have an employee on-site during business hours to monitor the drop-offs.

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Information from: WRCB-TV, http://www.wrcbtv.com/

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