There is an alarming rise in the number of explosive and hazardous materials British Columbia residents are placing in their recycling bins. Recycle BC post-collection processors have seen an increase in fires in 2019, with several of them having endangered lives and forced the temporary closure of facilities.
Hazardous waste like propane canisters, lithium-ion batteries included in cell phones and laptops, and other items can catch fire or explode during the recycling process, turning a regular household item into a deadly weapon. In fact, last year in North America, there were 365 fires, 113 injuries. 3 deaths reported.
Hazardous items like these can cause serious harm to recycling staff and facilities. Ensure they don’t end up in your recycling bin:
Batteries for e-cigarettes
Cell phones and laptops (lithium-ion batteries)
Lighters and matches
Household hazardous waste including propane canisters are accepted at Augusta Recyclers. Please check with the scale house attendant or call 604.485.4072.