Lithium Batteries In The Waste Cause Fires With Millions Of Damage

Incorrectly disposed of the trash with lithium batteries in refuse treatment companies ignite dangerous fire.


According to researchers from the Montanuniversität Leoben, lithium batteries disposed of with residual waste in the sorting plants cause up to 70 potential fire accidents every year. The affected companies quantify the damage incurred in the past five years to around 100 million euros.

You can find the powerful energy sources in cell phones, laptops, e-bikes, cordless drums, drones and flashing children’s shoes. “We have been researching the causes of fire in waste management for years and came to a clear conclusion: Lithium batteries in residual waste are the main cause,” said Roland Pomberger, head of the BatSAFE research project at Montanuniversität, at the recycling conference DepoTech in Leoben, which was opened on Wednesday.

In Austria, about 700,000 lithium batteries end up in residual waste. Because the use is…

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