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The original item was published from 4/7/2023 3:58:47 PM to 4/7/2023 4:00:02 PM.

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Posted on: April 7, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Battery Recycling

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The waste industry is experiencing an increase in fires inside of trash trucks or on a transfer station floor, due to improper disposal of lithium batteries.  

If you Goggle “improper disposal of batteries causing fires” you will get a plethora of articles.  This applies to the St. Louis market as well, unfortunately. Videos of a small flame combusting in 3 seconds to a larger fire have been recorded!  It is quick to combust and since the batteries are so small, they are impossible to detect when they are emptied along with waste into a truck.

Please share this information as widely as possible to help prevent these fires from occurring.  Please note: disposal batteries such as AA, AAA, C, D etc. CAN be thrown in your trash.  All others need to be disposed of properly – where they can be recycled by battery producers – but NOT in recycle or trash carts.

Below you will find information on how to safely dispose of various types of batteries:Battery Recycling Information (002)_Page_1

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