Hundreds of rounds of ammo turn up in recycle bin

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Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Corpus Christi resident had the right intention but made the wrong move when crews hand-sorting through items left for recycling pickup stumbled on a few hundred rounds of live ammunition.

Solid Waste Director Lawrence Mikolajczyk says someone figured because the rifle and pistol ammunition is metal, it was OK for recycling. But he says the bullets could have become wedged in a machine and discharge.

A truck made the pickup Thursday and the ammunition was found during sorting on Friday.

City officials tell the Corpus Christi Caller-Times (bit.ly/11ueafq) bullets and shell casings can be recycled, but at the police department.

In the two years since the city began its curbside recycling program, sorters also have stumbled upon used syringes, a chain saw and two dog carcasses.

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, http://www.caller.com

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