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Wyberton waste centre blaze leads to recycling warning




Coun Eddy Poll, member for Spalding East and executive councillor for environmental management, Lincolnshire County Council. Photo supplied.
Coun Eddy Poll, member for Spalding East and executive councillor for environmental management, Lincolnshire County Council. Photo supplied.

A serious fire at Wyberton’s household waste recycling centre has led to a new warning about disposing of batteries and electrical goods in recycling bins.

The warning comes from Coun Eddy Poll, Lincolnshire County Council member for Spalding East, after about 60 tonnes of recyclable waste went up in flames at the centre in Slippery Gowt Lane last Thursday.

In the face of adversity, everyone worked really well together and this was a great example of all the organisations coming together to overcome a problem
Coun Eddy Poll, member for Spalding East and executive councillor for environmental management, Lincolnshire County Council

Fire crews from Donington and Kirton wearing breathing apparatus were among those who used water jets and thermal image cameras to deal with the blaze for which the cause is still under investigation.

However, two burned out laptops and their batteries were discovered amongst the debris and Jason Lawley, investigation officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Electrical devices should always be disposed of appropriately.

“Once they become damaged, probably from impact, they can short circuit which often causes a rise in temperature leading to a fire.”

firefighters were assisted by on-site staff with heavy machinery to move the piles of burning waste, earning praise staff from the county council, Boston District Council and Market Deeping-based haulage firm Mid UK Recycling Ltd whose staff took swift action in reducing the impact of the fire.

Christian Allen, head of environmental operations at Boston Borough Council, said: “Batteries and electrical items can be recycled, but not in your home recycling bin.

“Instead, they should be taken to Household Waste Recycling centres for proper disposal as batteries can get very hot when they are amongst other waste.

“As well as being dangerous, they can also contaminate other materials so that waste cannot be recycled.

“Damaged laptop batteries are a genuine risk which is why we always advise residents to dispose of them in the appropriate way at your nearest recycling centre.

“We all want to do the right thing for the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling as much as possible, but it is important we do it in the right way.”

Coun Poll, also executive councillor for environmental management at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “In the face of adversity, everyone worked really well together to make sure there was no disruption.

“This was a great example of all the organisations coming together to overcome a problem, however, it also really shows the importance of taking care to put the right things into our domestic bins.”

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