Battery caused explosion in refuse collection truck

Dangers of throwing batteries in household waste.

While on their rounds, East Northamptonshire collection crews reported an explosion in the rubbish collection vehicle that caused a fire.   Fire services responded quickly and the entire load of rubbish had to be dumped in the road so that the fire crew could dowse the fire.

Please take your used batteries to the collection points in supermarkets and recycling centres.  If you don’t see a recycling collection box in your local supermarket ask the customer services for the location or give them your used batteries.  From February 2010, shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year (approx 345 x four-packs of AA batteries) have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store.

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