Battery warning after bin lorry blaze saw 10 tonnes of waste dumped

Residents are being warned not to chuck their batteries in the bin – after a blaze in a refuse lorry ended with 10 tonnes of rubbish being emptied out. As reported by StokeonTrentLive, firefighters were called out to Withington Road in Fegg Hayes at around 8.40am on Thursday morning. Images from the scene showed bags of charred rubbish with various waste dumped onto the ground. Stoke-on-Trent City Council workers have revealed the extent of the clean-up operation – and highlighted the cause. Highways workers were dispatched to the city estate where a JCB was used to collect up the 10 tonnes rubbish the truck had been forced to rapidly dump – and dropped it into another wagon.

READ: Chippy owner left looking like this after customer smashed plate in her face James Harper, team manager of the highways team, has urged residents to think dispose of their batteries properly – after saying the blaze was caused by a battery touching some copper wiring. He said: “Bit of a change today (May 26) helping our waste team with a fire within the bin truck, causing us to tip the entire load of 10 tonnes of collected waste and dispose into another vehicle.”

In the Tweet, he added: “Please ensure you dispose of waste in the correct manner as this was caused by a battery and copper wiring touching. Please dispose of your batteries at an approved point.”

The clean-up operation in Fegg Hayes

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service previously told StokeonTrentLive: “At 8.40am on May 26 we were called to a fire in the back of a refuse lorry on Withington Road in Fegg Hayes. It was extinguished a short time later by firefighters from Sandyford.”

According to the Recycle Now website, residents in North Staffordshire can take their used batteries to collection points at a number of convenience stores along with tips.

For details on where to dispose of used batteries click here. Meanwhile Staffordshire County Council says its recycling centres also accepts batteries – while some shops also have collection points.

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