Our crews had a surprise recently when they were picking up household garbage. A laptop was in the trash. When the crews put it in the bin, they crushed it with the rest of the trash. Crushing lithium batteries can cause them to start a fire and the garbage truck caught fire. The fire department put it out before it grew too large.
We want to remind everyone to dispose of items with lithium-ion batters, like laptops, properly. Lithium-ion batteries can cause fires and explosions when punctured. Do not place these batteries in your regular household trash or recycling. Instead, seal each battery’s electrical contacts – or terminals – with electrical tape. Or, put each battery in a separate container before taking them to a hazardous waste collection site. Lake Jackson residents can take their batteries to the Pearland Recycling Center at 5800 Magnolia Street, Pearland, TX 77584. They accept and properly dispose of all batteries.