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Warning after fire extinguisher explodes in waste compactor

Ian Hughes 5th Jan, 2017

FIRE extinguisher cannot be disposed of in the general waste section at household waste recycling centres in Warwickshire.

The warning comes after staff at Wellesbourne recycling centre had to be treated for minor injuries after a pressurised fire extinguisher which had been dumped found its way into one of the site’s waste compactors and exploded.

Fire extinguishers must be treated as hazardous waste and not placed in household rubbish bins. Pressurised (undischarged) units can go to recycling centres at Princes Drive Leamington, Hunters Lane Rugby or Lower House Farm Dordon. There is a charge of £6 (minimum and subject to size – larger ones cost more).

Completely empty units (which have been totally discharged, prior to arrival, and left with valves open) – can be accepted at the above locations subject to approval from staff first.

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