How to prevent a high-risk blaze in your refuse bin Emma-Sophie Gerrish November 16, 2017November 27, 2018 Adding the wrong items to rubbish bins and black sacks could put lives at risk by starting a fire. As well as the danger of a fire in a rubbish bin threatening homes or business premises, lack of care could start a blaze in rubbish lorry or see a landfill conflagration putting staff at risk. Among the danger items that should never be added to the rubbish bin are: • Hot ash or part-burned materials from domestic or garden fires or barbecues. • Used portable barbeques whose charcoal may not be completely cold. • Household or vehicle batteries as these may short out or cause sparks. • Broken glass not carefully wrapped or bagged as it could act as a magnifying lens. • Aerosols as they may get hot or be pierced during the collection and landfill process. The advice is simple in each case: • Let ash and portable barbecues completely cool, or fully damp down with water. • Recycle vehicle batteries through any one of Somerset’s 16 recycling sites. • Take household batteries to recycling sites or high street stores that collect them. • Carefully wrap and bag broken glass, which should also never go in recycling boxes. • Use up aerosols completely, do not squash, and then add them to recycling boxes.