Batteries causing fires
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has warned households not to dispose of batteries in household waste or recycling. These are likely to be crushed or punctured during collection and processing, which can cause them to explode and ignite.
The Guardian reports that lithium-ion batteries are believed to have been responsible for at least 250 fires at recycling and waste facilities across the UK in the year to March 2020. These fires represented more than a third of all fires reported, up from a quarter the year before.
Jacob Hayler, ESA’s executive director, said to the Guardian, “Fires caused by carelessly discarded batteries endanger lives, cause millions of pounds of damage and disrupt waste services.
“We urge consumers to please recycle batteries responsibly by using battery recycling points in shops and recycling centres, or a separate battery kerbside collection if available.”