Fires Caused by Improper Battery Disposal

image of fire in the back of rumpke truckRumpke experienced more than a dozen fires at its Cincinnati and Columbus recycling facilities in 2017 and continues to see numerous truck fires. The culprit: batteries.

Placing batteries – specifically lithium ion batteries – in your recycling and trash containers causes a dangerous situation. When batteries break, they spark fires, putting people – employees and the motoring public – unnecessarily at risk.

Please don’t place batteries in your trash or recycling containers. Typically, rechargeable batteries can be recycled at Home Depot, Lowes, Office Depot and Staples stores. To find the location closest to you, visit