WasteWorld July 21st – Battery Recycling, Food Waste and Waste in the News

Your round up of all things waste How batteries cause fire, food recycled into dog treats, and your waste price watch.

Welcome to Thursday, July 21st Edition.

In today’s Waste World:
  • Why throwing your batteries in the bin can cause fire
  • Waste Price Watch – what’s happening in the waste market?
  • Sector Focus – we take a look at food waste
  • What we’ve been reading – quirky stories that have interested us this week!


Batteries cause blazes

Batteries cause increase in bin lorry fires

Have you noticed an increase in fires at waste sites and recycling plants in the news recently? In our local area there have been blazes at three different sites just this year, and over 600 fires in bin lorries carrying domestic waste in the UK have been reported in the last year. These risk lives, cause damage and cost an estimated £158m annually.

Why is this happening?   Batteries, in particular lithium-ion batteries found in every day items, can combust and cause fires when they are damaged, pierced or exposed to high heat – if they are disposed of in general waste they can easily cause fires.      Waste fires caused by batteries have increased three-fold due to households and businesses not disposing of batteries properly.  

Don’t forget to dispose of your batteries properly, whether at home or in your business.  Check with your waste management provider or council if you’re unsure. 


Waste Price Watch 

Each issue we bring you the latest market prices for recycling; plus the cost of PRN (Packaging Recycling Note) and landfill fees. 

For full detail and up to date prices click here.  For details on PRNs click here. 


Focus on food waste 


Reducing food waste 

In the news this week, M&S are removing their “use by” dates on  85% of their fresh fruit and vegetable products in an attempt to reduce food waste.   This follows other supermarkets – Morrisons and Co-opmaking similar moves.  

Did you know that we throw away over 6.6 tonnes of food waste per year? Households generate around 70% of this – with 28% being fresh fruit or vegetables.  So it’s a great move by supermarkets to try and tackle food waste in supermarkets and households. 

Click below to read our blog on what happens food waste and why separating your waste in both your business and household can help the environment and save your business money.  


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From sushi restaurant to dog treats:

We’re loving this innovative use of food waste – check out this story about dog treats made from leftover fish. 

Bins by bike – cycling to zero carbon:
A local council could introduce a bicycle bin round to collect food waste from household to reduce carbon emmisions.


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