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Batteries warning after bin lorry fire

Residents in Driffield and the Wolds are being urged not to put batteries, vapes, e-cigarettes or barbecue coals in their bins after a fire in a waste lorry that had stopped in Leven.

A refuse crew from East Riding of Yorkshire Council was halfway through its blue bin collection on North Street in the village last month when the load in the back of the truck started smoking.

The crew drove the vehicle to a safe place, away from residents, the car park at Leven Sports Hall, and called firefighters to deal with the fire.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown; however, it is being blamed on batteries, or a battery-powered vape encountering the lorry or other waste, due to the hot weather, barbecue coals that were still smouldering and had been placed in the blue bin.

No one was injured during the incident and the lorry suffered slight damage as firefighters cut a hole in the side of the vehicle to reach the fire and extinguish it.

The fire destroyed all the recycling that had been collected during the round and a second bin lorry was sent to continue with the collection.

Humberside Fire & Rescue Service confirmed that crews had attended a fire involving waste inside a council dustbin lorry at 8:21am on North Street in Leven.

Crews used hydraulic gear to gain access to the waste, as well three hose reels.

The incident has sparked a plea to residents from ERYC’s waste and recycling team, never to place batteries, vapes or coals in their household bins to prevent further incidents.

“I want to thank this waste crew for their extremely quick actions which prevented a much bigger fire from happening,” said Carl Skelton, the council’s acting director of streetscene services.

“But our crews should never have to deal with a situation like this. This is what happens when batteries, vapes or coals get casually thrown into a household bin.

“Residents in the East Riding are normally fantastic at recycling, but I’d urge them to please take extra care with items of this nature and to make sure they recycle or dispose of them responsibly.”

The incident in Leven came soon after a fire caused at a waste transfer station used by the council in Hull, which was also thought to be caused by batteries touching machinery.

The council has previously issued several appeals to residents because of similar fires.

Batteries can be recycled by taking them to:

● Household waste recycling sites – All 10 sites in the East Riding, including in Driffield and Carnaby, have dedicated battery bins that can take all types.

● Local shops and supermarkets – Most stores that sell batteries will have a battery recycling point or container which residents can put their used ones into.

All batteries of any size can be recycled from small watch batteries to those used in remote controls, from mobile phone batteries to large torch batteries, even rechargeable batteries and power packs that have come to the end of their life.

Household waste recycling sites also accept batteries from cars and motorcycles, and old e-cigarettes/vapes and their batteries, so they can be recycled properly and safely.

Barbecue coals and disposable barbecues can be disposed of by taking them to household waste recycling sites.

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