Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are responsible for around 48% of all waste fires occurring in the UK each year, costing some £158 million annually to waste operators, fire services and the environment, according to new research we conducted.
Li-ion batteries are found in an increasing number of electrical and electronic household items such as mobile phones and electric toothbrushes, and even items such as singing greetings cards, an issue often unknown to householders. These batteries cause a significant fire risk when they get into the residual and mixed recycling waste streams, either loose or inside electrical items. When these batteries are punctured, damaged or are exposed to high temperatures during normal waste processing and sorting operations, they can ‘go off’, setting fire to dry, flammable waste and recycling around them.
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