Hounslow Council launches campaign to prevent unsafe battery recycling

Hounslow Council, found in West London, has recently launched a campaign aiming to discourage residents from binning batteries, as part of a wider, nationwide campaign to prevent waste fires.

The initiative comes after research from UK-based recycling company Material Focus’ Stop Battery Fires Campaign, which found that 90 per cent of councils across the country battery fires as a growing problem, also Identified over 600 fires in bin lorries and waste disposal sites. The recycling company also saw that 45 per cent of residents were unaware of the fire risk batteries pose, with a quarter dangerously throwing them away.

Based on these findings, the body urges residents to never dispose of batteries in their rubbish or recycling bins. Rather, they should recycle electricals separately, taking batteries out of them where possible.