Lorry fire leads to battery warning

North East Derbyshire residents are being urged to dispose of batteries carefully, following a blaze in a bin lorry.

The North East Derbyshire District Council recycling collection truck was on its rounds in Unstone when it caught fire.

However, thanks to the quick-thinking actions of the refuse crew, the fire was put out and the cause – a laptop battery – removed.

Fortunately, no-one was injured and the £240,000 refuse vehicle was undamaged.

Cllr Charlotte Cupit, NEDDC’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Thank you to the refuse crew who safely dealt with this situation.

“We appreciate the efforts our residents go to when recycling, but would remind people not to place batteries of any kind inside of the burgundy recycling bin.

“It is really important that residents observe this request, to avoid dangerous incidents like this occurring. Unwanted batteries can be volatile - particularly whilst in our collection vehicles which crush the waste. They should therefore not be placed inside any bins, but bagged up and placed on the recycling waste bin lid for collection, or alternatively they may be taken to your local Household Recycling site.”

  • More information about what can and can’t be recycled, as well as where to find your nearest Household Recycling site, can be found on our website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk