Alert after batteries cause fires in bin trucks

Common household batteries caused two separate bin collection truck fires in Wealden after sparks ignited the surrounding rubbish.

In one incident, a mobile phone battery exploded and caught fire.

The remains of a mobile phone battery which exploded and caused a fire in a bin truck.

East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership says no-one was hurt in either event, but there was significant disruption to refuse and recycling collections.

Batteries and small electrical items of any kind pose a fire risk if placed in amongst rubbish and recycling. The risk is much higher in hot weather.

Separate bag

The partnership asks people to place batteries in a separate bag on top of either your rubbish or recycling bin for collection.

If you can remove batteries from items first please do so. Please take any larger electrical items which don’t fit into a carrier bag to a Household Waste and Recycling Site.

The partnership adds: “Our crews were very lucky this time and avoided serious injury. With your help, we can continue to keep both you and our refuse workers safe, and our services running to schedule. Thank you.”

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