November 1, 2023: And now for something completely different.
Australian waste management company, Solo Resource Recovery, says that in the past 18 months there have been 450 fires across Australia caused by lithium batteries — and the prime cause are the tiny batteries used in disposable electronic vapes.
“The used vapes are thrown into the rubbish which is compacted on the garbage truck smashing open the battery and causing a fire. They’re a real and present danger to rubbish collection.
“One of our trucks has been set alight four times, we’ve now nicknamed it The Phoenix.”