Rubbish fire in recycling truck after batteries wrongly discarded

A recycling collection truck saw recycled materials set alight in Shoreham-By-Sea earlier this week (September 5) after two phone batteries were wrongly discarded. The fire, which was contained and put out without damage, meant that rubbish had to be discarded on the street to handle the incident. In a reminder to Sussex residents, Adur and Worthing Council tweeted an image of the incident alongside the words: "Please don't throw your old batteries away with your rubbish or recycling - they can start a fire.

Two discarded phone batteries caused a recycling collection to catch fire in Shoreham yesterday." A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said: "At 12.48pm on Monday (5 September) we responded to a lorry fire at Victoria Road, Shoreham. Joint Fire Control sent fire engines from Shoreham and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service to the scene.

Upon arrival crews found that approximately 1.5 tonnes of recycling had caught on fire and the load was emptied onto the road prior to the arrival of the fire service. Firefighters used one hose reel to extinguish the small fire before leaving the scene at around 1.15pm." READ MORE:Bin lorry forced to dump rubbish in street after refuse catches fire in Hove

While no injuries were obtained and the fire was put out efficiently, the incident acts as a reminder to not discard batteries alongside either household waste or recycling. A similar incident with a refuse truck setting alight in Hove this week (September 4) was also thought to have been caused by a wrongly discarded phone battery. Although this similar incident in Hove also resulted in no injuries, a reminder was also urged by Brighton and Hove City Council on this incident.

A council spokesperson said: "The cause of the fire is not currently confirmed, however it is suspected to be caused by a lithium battery from a phone or similar device. These should not be put in general waste, but should be taken to a wee bank at a recycling point, one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites, TECH take back or at Curry's or B&Q who take them. "East Sussex Fire & Rescue attended and put out the fire.

This required the contents of the vehicle to be emptied into the road so it could be dealt with."

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