Following a large number of fires in bin lorries, residents are being urged to recycle their batteries correctly instead of putting them in their general waste or recycling bins.
In 2022 alone, our crews have had to deal with 3 fires. It only takes one small spark to start a fire and the combination of dried waste and the crushing movement inside of the collection vehicle means, one small spark can very quickly turn into a life-threatening situation.
In order to put out the fire and keep collection crews safe, the lorry has to immediately pull up and empty all the waste onto the road to allow the Berkshire Fire and Rescue crews to extinguish the blaze.
By recycling batteries correctly, residents can prevent these dangerous incidents from occurring. Plus, if they are processed in the right way, they can be used to make new batteries or other metal products.
Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, executive member for environment and local recycling champion, said:
“As residents know, we have a great set of collection crews in Bracknell Forest and their health and welfare is extremely important to us.
“By incorrectly disposing of batteries, we are putting them at risk, delaying collection times and putting a strain on the fire service.
“Batteries can be recycled in almost any shop that sells them. When in doubt, ask the customer service desk or shop staff if the store has a battery recycling box.”
Recycling boxes can be found in most supermarkets and local shops, as well as the recycling centre at Longshot Lane. Residents can find their nearest battery recycling point using the online finder tool.