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CAFA Advocates for Battery and Electrical Recycling to Mitigate Fire Risks


At CAFA, we are committed to environmental stewardship. Recent events, like the devastating fire in Herne Hill, South London, have underscored the urgent need for action. The fire, likely ignited by a lithium-ion battery, blanketed the community in smoke for days, posing significant health risks and disrupting daily life.


This alarming incident reflects a broader trend of battery-related fires, with over 1,200 reported in bin lorries and waste sites across the UK in the last year alone—an increase of 71% from 2022. Such fires endanger lives and exacerbate air pollution, surpassing WHO limits and affecting thousands of residents.


CAFA applauds initiatives like the "Stop Battery Fires" campaign by Recycle Your Electricals and the National Fire Chiefs Council. By raising awareness about the importance of proper battery disposal, these efforts aim to prevent future tragedies and reduce environmental impact.


The consequences of inaction are grave. Lithium-ion batteries, ubiquitous in everyday electronics, pose a significant fire risk when improperly disposed of. Crushed or damaged batteries can lead to explosive fires that are challenging to extinguish, endangering firefighters and nearby communities.


Moreover, the financial toll of battery fires is substantial, with insurance claims reaching up to £20 million. The burden on fire services is equally concerning, tying up resources and posing unpredictable risks.


CAFA urges individuals to take proactive steps to mitigate these risks. By recycling batteries and electricals, we can prevent fires, reduce air pollution, and conserve precious resources. Through collaborative efforts, we can build safer, more sustainable communities for generations to come.


Join us in advocating for responsible battery recycling. Together, we can make a difference in safeguarding our environment and protecting our communities.


For more information on how you can recycle batteries and electricals, visit the Recycle Your Electricals website. Let's take action today to create a safer, cleaner tomorrow.



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