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Safe disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

On the 14th August there was a fire in the small waste electricals skip which could have been avoided

The fire was caused by a lithium battery left in a piece of small waste electrical equipment. The battery ignited when material in the skip was compacted whilst securing for transport.

Fortunately, no one was hurt on this occasion, and the fire was extinguished by the Fire Service.

What should I do with batteries?

Batteries left in appliances and equipment pose a significant fire risk as they are highly flammable. This includes lithium batteries which are commonly used in cameras, mobile phones, laptops, medical equipment and power tools.

Where batteries are removable from a small appliance, these should be taken out and disposed of in the battery recycling boxes found at every Recycling Centre.

Please note, that batteries in a sealed unit should be left and not broken.

If you are unsure how to remove batteries from your small appliance, speak to one of the Recycling Centre Site Attendants who can help you. To find your nearest Recycling Centre, visit our Recycling Centres and Points pages


Last modified on 21 August 2019

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