Waste Management advises public on dangers of lithium batteries in trash
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Waste Management is advising the public of potential dangers when lithium batteries are disposed of improperly.
Lithium batteries are increasingly causing fires in waste and recycle streams, Waste Management said.
The batteries are in products including cell phones, laptops, games and toys, Bluetooth headphones, power tools and e-cigarettes.
“Waste Management requests that the community please remove lithium batteries from toys, tools, electronics, etc. and seek a recycling outlet before placing these items in curbside bins or in their container for refuse pickup. We urge the community to check their local government for recycling options,” area safety manager Tony Franco said.
Lithium batteries can be properly disposed of at The Home Depot, located at 3200 E Prien Lake Rd, and Best Buy, located at 715 W. Prien Lake Rd.
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