Just a day after a huge blaze broke out at its Palm Desert recycling center, Burrtec released a statement reminding people that lithium-ion batteries don’t go in the recycling container.
“The cause of the fire is still undetermined; however, typical causes of these types of fires range from pressurized tanks/containers, fuels, fertilizers, to newer hazards like lithium-ion batteries that are placed in recycle containers. The past few years have shown an increased use and improper disposal of lithium-ion batteries as a significant contributor to recycle center fires. Unfortunately, the incidents involving lithium-ion battery fires are not just associated with recycle centers. This issue also holds true with airlines and the dangers of lithium-ion batteries igniting. “