City of Stirling urges residents not to put chemicals and batteries in recycling bins after trucks catch fire

City of Stirling urges residents not to put chemicals and batteries in recycling bins after trucks catch fire
City of Stirling urges residents not to put chemicals and batteries in recycling bins after trucks catch fire

THE City of Stirling is urging residents to stop putting chemicals and batteries in yellow lid bins after two recycling trucks caught fire.

The City hasnarrowed down the perpetrators responsible to a chemical container picked up in Trigg on either Hamersley, Wilberforce, Forrest or Edward streets.

The other fire was caused by a battery jump pack, which was still charged and was collected from Ravenswood Drive, Mirrabooka Avenue or Stoughton Road.

The battery pack was found still activated in the ejected waste.

A City of Stirling spokeswoman said the incidents occurred on November 21 and 25 and the recycling load had to be dumped from the trucks.

“In the first incident, the driver was driving along the Kwinana Freeway heading for the Material Recovery Facility in Bibra Lake when he noticed that smoke was escaping from the hopper region,” she said.

“The driver was immediately directed to the nearest site for safe offloading and the fire brigade was contacted and directed to the scene immediately.

“The operator was instructed by the fire brigade to off load the contents and the fire was extinguished.”

The second incident happened along Tonkin Highway heading towards the same recycling facility, where the fire was contained before it got out of control.

The spokeswoman said all of the contents had to be disposed of as general waste at a high disposal rate.

“To avoid this from happening in the future the City would like to request from our residents to check their Waste and Recycling guides (A-Z disposal guide) of how to correctly use the yellow top bins,” she said.