Bales of recycled material ended up in flames on May 3 at Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County in Southfield, Mich.
Firefighters were on the scene last night putting out the blaze that consumed hundreds of thousand of pounds of plastic, paper and cardboard, which was worth as much as $50,000, the Detroit Free Press reported. There was no damage to the $4.5 million recycling plant and it should resume operations next week, the newspaper said.
"It's just product that's burning outside the building -- cardboard, paper and plastic," general manager Mike Csapo told the newspaper.
A "hot load," perhaps from a cigarette in cardboard, likely caused the fire, Csapo said.
The processing part of the plant opened in January and serves seven communities and numerous industrial accounts.