Landfill, recycling center closed for employee death

Juneau police say they’re investigating a possible drug overdose that led to closure of the landfill and recycling center on Saturday morning.

Lt. Dave Campbell says firefighters also arrived at the Capitol Disposal facility on Tonsgard Court for what was initially a medical call.

A 46-year old male employee was found inside a bathroom by a coworker.

“They said it was kind of like a vanity bathroom with one toilet with a little sink and mirror station,” said Campbell.

No foul play is currently suspected.

Campbell says they did not ask that the entire landfill facility including the recycling center be closed on Saturday. That was something that the landfill operator did on its own.

A Waste Management employee answering calls on Monday morning referred all calls about incident to the Juneau Police Department.

Campbell says they’ve requested that the state medical examiner do an autopsy. It may take four- to eight-weeks before a toxicology report comes back.

The man’s relatives have already been notified. Campbell says the man’s name will not be released until the cause of death is confirmed.

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