Batteries continue to cause fires

Batteries continue to cause fires
5/06/2014
Batteries left inside electrical equipment are thought to be responsible for regular fires that have been occurring at the Tamala Park landfill site in recent times. Up to four fires a day have been occurring on the landfill disrupting operations and although they have all been dealt with quickly they do pose the potential to develop into something more serious.

Battery powered devices are becoming increasingly common and they are being powered by more efficient NiCd and Li batteries, batteries that can hold a significant residual charge. Unfortunately they are increasingly finding their way into the waste stream. In-situ batteries in laptop computers, remote controls, toys, musical gift cards, mobile phones and other battery powered devices that are being disposed of into household bins, skips or as part of bulk verge collections are sparking during the landfilling process causing the fires. These electrical goods are often small and easily thrown in the bin but they should be disposed of in other ways. The best method is to bring them to the Tamala Park Recycling Centre for safe recycling.

Dry celled batteries, removed from appliances, can also be disposed of in one of the many battery collection bins located throughout the Region. See the MRC Homepage for details, Community/batteries.
5 June 2014 Batteries continue to cause fires

Batteries left inside electrical equipment are thought to be responsible for regular fires that have been occurring at the Tamala Park landfill site in recent times. Up to four fires a day have been occurring on the landfill disrupting operations and although they have all been dealt with quickly they do pose the potential to develop into something more serious.

Battery powered devices are becoming increasingly common and they are being powered by more efficient NiCd and Li batteries, batteries that can hold a significant residual charge. Unfortunately they are increasingly finding their way into the waste stream. In-situ batteries in laptop computers, remote controls, toys, musical gift cards, mobile phones and other battery powered devices that are being disposed of into household bins, skips or as part of bulk verge collections are sparking during the landfilling process causing the fires. These electrical goods are often small and easily thrown in the bin but they should be disposed of in other ways. The best method is to bring them to the Tamala Park Recycling Centre for safe recycling.

Dry celled batteries, removed from appliances, can also be disposed of in one of the many battery collection bins located throughout the Region. See the MRC Homepage for details via Community/Batteries or click on the following link - http://www.mrc.wa.gov.au/Community-2/Battery-Program.aspx






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