East Yorkshire council reports bin lorries have been set ablaze due disposable vapes and electrical products
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Two fires have recently been reported in the rear of the council’s bin lorries - it is believed one of the fires was caused by disposable vape items
When batteries are placed into bins that are decanted into a bin lorry, there is a danger that they can split when they are moved about and compacted with other waste in the rear of the lorry – this can cause fires.
One of the wagons was a commercial vehicle, fortunately no one was hurt, and the fire was successfully extinguished.
A spokesperson from the council said “It really does highlight the importance of using the correct disposal method for your waste and is a prime example of why we cannot collect or move electrical or battery waste via a refuse collection vehicle.”
Visit www.gov.uk/battery-waste-supplier-reponsibilities for more information.