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City of Seattle announces battery ban, highlights fire risk
City announces battery ban, highlights fire risk of batteries thrown in garbage

Under a new Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Director’s Rule, batteries, from small button cell to lithium-ion batteries that power bikes and vehicles, and small electronics including monitors and computers, are banned from the garbage in Seattle.

Batteries can easily catch fire when they are not disposed of properly, putting SPU staff and facilities at risk. Not only do batteries have hazardous chemicals that need special handling to be safely disposed of, but they can also pose risks to human health and the environment when disposed through the solid waste collection system.

Speakers and attendees include:

Mayor Bruce Harrell, City of Seattle

Andrew Lee, Seattle Public Utilities

Chief Harold Scoggins, Seattle FIre Department

McKenna Morrigan, Seattle Public Utilities

Julian Santos, Seattle Public Utilities

Battery fire demonstration conducted by SFD Captain Matthew Lujan


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