Batteries in Waste Causes Fire at WMF

On Monday 30 September 2019 a fire broke out inside the waste compactor at the Waste Management Facility (WMF). The fire was extinguished by WMF staff who suffered eye and respiratory injuries as a result of toxic smoke.

Further investigation found that the fire started from lithium batteries being crushed in the compacting machine. These batteries had been incorrectly disposed of in general plastic waste.

It is extremely dangerous to dispose of batteries incorrectly as they have an ability to cause an intense fire if damaged or coming into contact with metal surfaces.

Please do not dispose of batteries in general waste. Separate your old batteries and hand directly to WMF staff who will process and dispose of them safely.

If you have any queries regarding this matter, please contact Jim McFadyen on (02) 6563 2066.