Lithium Batteries and Landfill Fires

Fires can be a large problem for landfills. Potential sources of ignition include hazards such as lithium batteries, disposable propane tanks, aerosol cans, and other flammables.

Lithium batteries are used to power cell phones, laptops, and power tools. These battery cells are extremely volatile and can start on fire by being punctured or crushed. As a result, they can spark a fire not only in the landfill or transfer station but in the collection truck that hauls it for disposal. These chemical fires can also be very difficult to extinguish. It is important that these items and their batteries not be placed in the waste stream. Instead, they should be disposed of properly in a recycling program.

If you have questions about disposing of these items, please speak with any of our scale or transfer station attendant staff and they will direct you. Please keep these dangerous items out of our landfill

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