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What is believed to be exploding batteries can be seen in the video footage from the plant.

About 700 fires are caused by batteries thrown in household rubbish bins every year.

If the batteries are damaged, they can explode.

According to the Environmental Services Association, fires cost fire services and waste operators hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Material Focus ran an online search tool to help people find their nearest recycle point.

Li-ion batteries have become more powerful in recent years due to their small size.

Even some musical greeting cards have hidden batteries.

Ben Johnson from the Environmental Services Association said that more and more people were putting devices containing these batteries in with household rubbish.

He said that they have a tendency to explode when damaged.

They might get wet if you put them in general rubbish.

It can cause them to short circuit. The presence of plastic, paper and card can cause big fires.

Fire at recycling plantImage source, Shore Recycling
Image caption, A fire at a waste recycling facility

The separator allows charged particles to flow through a solvent from one of the two electrodes to the other.

The ion is pushed back to where they started.

The battery is usually very safe if it's intact.

If the batteries make direct contact with each other, it can cause all the charged particles to discharge in an explosion, which can cause a fire.

Altens recycling centre
Image caption, The source of a major fire at a recycling centre in Aberdeen was not confirmed but the company says it was most likely linked to a discarded battery

As people use and dispose of more electronic devices, the problem of waste fires is growing.

He urged people to recycle electricals and batteries and not to throw them away.

These fires can be challenging for fire services to deal with, have a significant impact on local communities and pose a real risk to staff working at waste plants.

Everyone can help prevent fires by properly disposing of electrical items.

Laura Fisher, from waste-management company FCC Environment, said that the best place to recycle batteries is your local recycling centre or supermarket.

The safe disposal of batteries is being called for by fire safety experts and electrical waste activists. There was a delay in the consultation on this issue.

  • Batteries
  • Recycling
  • Waste management
  • Consumer electronics