safety advice issued in Burnham by waste collection firm
about exploding batteries in hoverboards have prompted Somerset
Waste Partnership to issue safety advice to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea
area this week.
waste collection firm says "serious safety concerns"
have turned hoverboards, a popular potential gift for thousands
this Christmas, into a potential waste disposal issue.
Nick Cater told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Several retailers stopped
selling certain brands after National Trading Standards seized
thousands of them. This was mainly due to non-compliant electrical
components that could catch fire when being charged or explode
if their lithium-ion batteries are crushed."
added: "Residents are strongly advised that hoverboards must
not be put in rubbish bins as they can cause fires when refuse
trucks compact the collected rubbish."
16 Somerset Waste Partnership recycling sites, including Highbridge's
Isleport Recycling Centre, are able to accept them, along with
other waste household electrical items, such as kettles, phones,
computers, cables and monitors."
customers must contact site staff on arrival and follow their
advice so the item is recycled safely."
added: "Buyers should contact their retailer to see if their
hoverboard must be returned for a safety check or to obtain a
refund. Online giant Amazon warned some of its hoverboard customers
that their order was 'unsafe for use as this product is supplied
with a non-compliant UK plug'."
customers were offering refunds and advised to dispose of their
hoverboard responsibly at properly certified sites.