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Another Gateshead vehicle fire raises battery concern

Recycling Vehicle fire

Concerns have once again been raised about the disposal of batteries and small electrical/battery operated appliances following another fire in a Gateshead recycling vehicle.

The fire started while the recycling crew were working in Whickham and the load had to be tipped at the side of the road and emergency services called. Although the cause of the fire has yet to be determined the fire crew found a power tool battery and small batteries along with the paper, card and aerosols in the load.

Where can I recycle my batteries?

Last month another Gateshead recycling vehicle had to release its load at the side of the A1 due to a fire and in March the household waste and recycling centre at Wrekenton had to close for several days with strong suspicions that the fire had been caused by batteries or a battery-powered device creating sparks which ignited.

Marc Morley, Gateshead Council's service director for Highways and Waste, said "We were very fortunate that on this occasion our crew were unhurt and the vehicle was not damaged however these situations can be much more serious. Four fires in less than two months shows the dangers of throwing old batteries or battery-operated devices into normal waste.

It's really important that people dispose of batteries responsibly at battery recycling points in local shops, supermarkets and dozens of public buildings, at electrical retailers and other High Street stores. Batteries and battery-powered devices can also be recycled at our Household Waste and Recycling Centres."

Last August a fire at a Hartlepool recycling plant thought to have been caused by a battery led to Gateshead Council issuing a renewed warning to residents not to put batteries in the bin. 

 

Recycling Vehicle fire
14 May 2021

Concerns have once again been raised about the disposal of batteries and small electrical/battery operated appliances following another fire in a Gateshead recycling vehicle.

The fire started while the recycling crew were working in Whickham and the load had to be tipped at the side of the road and emergency services called. Although the cause of the fire has yet to be determined the fire crew found a power tool battery and small batteries along with the paper, card and aerosols in the load.

Where can I recycle my batteries?

Last month another Gateshead recycling vehicle had to release its load at the side of the A1 due to a fire and in March the household waste and recycling centre at Wrekenton had to close for several days with strong suspicions that the fire had been caused by batteries or a battery-powered device creating sparks which ignited.

Marc Morley, Gateshead Council's service director for Highways and Waste, said "We were very fortunate that on this occasion our crew were unhurt and the vehicle was not damaged however these situations can be much more serious. Four fires in less than two months shows the dangers of throwing old batteries or battery-operated devices into normal waste.

It's really important that people dispose of batteries responsibly at battery recycling points in local shops, supermarkets and dozens of public buildings, at electrical retailers and other High Street stores. Batteries and battery-powered devices can also be recycled at our Household Waste and Recycling Centres."

Last August a fire at a Hartlepool recycling plant thought to have been caused by a battery led to Gateshead Council issuing a renewed warning to residents not to put batteries in the bin. 

 

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